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Five injured on Spain-bound Ryanair flight

Five people on board a Ryanair flight from Dublin to the Catalan city of Reus have been injured after severe turbulence caused them to be "catapulted from their seats".

Five injured on Spain-bound Ryanair flight
The aircraft reportedly dipped at a 60 degree angle throwing bags and belongings in all directions. Photo: Michael Osmenda/Flickr

According to the low-cost airline, three cabin crew members and two passengers suffered minor cuts and bruises.

But online Irish daily The Journal has since spoken to some of the people on board, who claim passengers hit the ceiling when they were “catapulted from their seats”.

One passenger is said to be awaiting an air ambulance back to Ireland to undergo surgery on her neck.

The aircraft reportedly dipped at a 60 degree angle throwing bags and belongings in all directions.

“One passenger on board claims that one of the injured passengers is awaiting an air ambulance back to Ireland to undergo surgery on her neck,” The Journal reported on Wednesday.

Other testimonies describe scenes of panic as an air hostess rushed down the aisle asking if there were any doctors or nurses on board, leading some passengers to believe the pilot had been injured.

Those who did help the injured were not medical professionals and had to use plastic bags and tissue as cabin crew told them only doctors could use the first aid kit. 

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Ryanair’s cabin bag fee policy ruled ‘abusive’ by Spanish court

A Spanish court has ordered Ryanair to refund a customer who was charged for taking a carry-on bag without a special ticket, and told the airline to remove the clause from its terms and conditions.

Ryanair's cabin bag fee policy ruled 'abusive' by Spanish court
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In a ruling issued last month but only published Wednesday, the Commercial Court said the budget carrier must repay the 20-euro ($22) fee plus interest it had imposed on a female passenger flying from Madrid to Brussels for taking a small suitcase of up to 10 kilos (22 lbs).

Ryanair only allows small bags into the cabin if they can be stowed under the seat in front, but larger bags of up to 10 kilos require a luggage fee, or a fee-paying priority boarding pass.

In its ruling, which cannot be appealed, the court described the airline's cabin baggage policy as “abusive” in respect to the customer's legal rights under Spanish law.

It declared Ryanair's cabin baggage policy to be null and void and ordered the airline “to remove it” from its terms and conditions.   

But the Dublin-based airline said in a statement that the ruling “will not affect Ryanair's baggage policy.”

Ryanair added that the Spanish court had “misinterpreted the airlines' commercial freedom to determine the size of their cabin baggage.”

In February, Italy's antitrust authority fined Ryanair three million euros and Hungary's Wizzair one million euros over their cabin baggage policy on grounds it was tantamount to raising ticket prices in a “non-transparent”
manner.   

But last month, an Italian court cancelled the fines following an appeal by the two airlines.

READ MORE: Your rights as a passenger if your Ryanair flight is cancelled

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