UPDATE 2 – May 10, 2012:
We have received a few emails that the flight attendant is hospitalized with at least ‘moderate’ head injuries. However, Ryanair released the following statement that would seem to contradict this:
“Ryanair is relieved and pleased to report that the cabin crew member who fell from the rear door of the aircraft in Gothenburg yesterday appears to have suffered no injury and is expected to return to work in the coming days. The flight departed with a 4hr delay which Ryanair sincerely apologises to affected passengers for.”
UPDATE – May 9, 2012:
Good news…the flight attendant who fell and was injured sustained only minor injuries and she is expected to return to work in a few days.
A Ryanair flight attendant fell out of an exit at the back of the plane she was working in hitting her head and sending her to the hospital.
The accident occurred Tuesday at Gothenburg City Airport (GSE) in Sweden.
Reports say Ryanair flight 967 was running late and according to some passengers there was confusion and running around.
‘“It was very confusing and unprofessional. It was almost like a state of panic when everything had to be done really quickly,” one passenger told daily Expressen.
What caused the hostess to fall out is still unknown. The vehicle which carried the stairs by which the passengers access the plane backed away and the hostess tumbled out of the back exit of the plane, a fall of some three metres.
“The stairs had been removed and the door to the plane was closed. What made her open the door we don’t know. I find it hard to believe that she took a step out, it is more likely that the door flew open while she was holding the handle. It is rather windy today,” said Nyberg to TT.’
It is not certain what exactly happened to cause the flight attendant to fall out of the aircraft but wind could have played a factor as she may have tried to close the door when she fell.
“The stairs had been removed and the door to the plane was closed. What made her open the door we don’t know. I find it hard to believe that she took a step out, it is more likely that the door flew open while she was holding the handle. It is rather windy today,” said Nyberg to TT.
The flight attendant was taken was awake on the tarmac when a medical team arrived but she was bleeding from the head and was taken to a nearby hospital.
Her condition is unknown at this time.