Passengers refuse to get back on Ryanair flight after 'extreme' turbulence

Plane shaken by Storm Ewan

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Terrified passengers vomited with fear today as their plane was shaken by Storm Ewan.

The Ryanair flight from Madrid was forced to abort its landing at Dublin Airport as 100kmh winds swept across Ireland. The Boeing 737 was eventually diverted to Shannon.

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One mother of two told the Irish Mirror : "It was an extremely turbulent flight and there were people vomiting and absolutely terrified.

"We were supposed to land in Dublin at 12.20pm.

"The pilot tried to land but took off again.

"We were told we were diverting to Shannon and we arrived there at 1.15pm."

The flight suffered severe turbulence towards the end of its journey and many of the passengers were in a distressed state when the plane pulled out of its landing approach at Dublin.

When the pilot attempted to touch down he was forced to abort the effort and prepared for a second attempt.

After the crew had been advised it would be the sixth aircraft in a queue to land, they opted to divert to Shannon instead.

And passengers claimed staff on Ryanair flight FR-7257 would then not allow them off the plane for up to six hours even though parents told them they did not want to fly back to Dublin with kids who were left terrified by the ordeal.

Between 20 and 25 people were so frightened they refused to get back on the plane.

The mum added: "We asked to get off with our children as they were very upset and did not feel safe going any further on the plane.

"Our daughter Isabelle was vomiting and terrified. We were advised that at the pilot's discretion we may leave but he must sign papers first."


When the plane landed at Shannon, passengers were told they would not be allowed off for up to six hours as the airline had no ground handling staff to deal with them or their baggage.

Angry customers claimed not enough was done to facilitate them especially after so many were sick and were left shaken by the ordeal.

The woman added: "At 3.29pm we were advised we had a choice to return to Dublin with take-off in 30 minutes or stay on until Shannon had staff to facilitate whoever wished to leave which could take until up to 7 o'clock.

"Some people still very sick and should have had the right to leave the plane immediately. There must have been someone working at the airport. We were offered no refreshments at all but could buy something if we wanted.

"They sure knew how to make a few bob at our expense when I thought they had to provide refreshments after a period of time. It was all very upsetting.

"Two hours later they opened the bar for business but we wanted to get off the plane and were held against our will."

At around 4pm, about 25 people were deplaned at Shannon while others opted to remain on board and continue to Dublin. The plane eventually took off just before 5pm.

Another passenger said: "It was getting quite heated for a while. We told them [crew] they were holding us against our will and we wanted to get our children off. They were having none of it but they gave in nearly three hours after we arrived in Shannon.

"My husband stayed on the flight to continue to Dublin where our car was. I got off with my two children and between 20 and 25 other passengers. None of them wanted to fly again in case the same thing happened again."

A Ryanair spokeswoman said: "This flight from Madrid to Dublin diverted to Shannon due to high winds at Dublin Airport.

"The aircraft landed normally and a number of customers requested to disembark, and did so, before the aircraft departed to Dublin.

"Ryanair apologised to all customers affected by the weather diversion, which was entirely beyond our control."

15 flights from hell

15 flights from hell