Plane's window falls out, lands on passenger's lap
LONDON, England - A Ryanair passenger got the shock of his life when a window landed on his lap as the plane touched down.
Laurence Gibson, 37, was left traumatised by the scare on board the flight from Gdansk, Poland, to London Stansted last Saturday.
The teaching assistant, of Blackheath, South East London. said it was the “worst flight of my life”.
He said: “It frightened the hell out of me. I’m a nervous flyer at the best of times.
“As we were landing, as soon as the plane’s wheels touched the ground, the window fell out and landed on my lap. I was scared and frightened. I got off the flight completely bewildered.
“Staff were very apologetic and said it was ‘unacceptable’.”
Laurence, who was traveling back from Poland after a week-long trip, said the window reveal grazed his hand when it fell.
He said he handed back the broken window pane to cabin crew staff after the incident.
He paid £144 for the return flight to Poland and flew home on a jet without the company’s logo on the side.
He added: “The plane looked a bit dilapidated and I was nervous as it took off. It was not the usual Ryanair standard.”
A Ryanair spokesman confirmed the incident.
They said: “We note the dislodging of this window reveal (which is used only to protect the window from scratches) and have asked the operator of this lease-in aircraft (Air Explore) to ensure that it does not recur.”