Falling Luggage causes Serious Injury to Aeroplane Passenger
A British Airways passenger was rushed to hospital earlier this week after a heavy piece of luggage fell from an overhead compartment in the cabin and hit him on the head. The passenger was due to travel from London’s Heathrow airport to Bangkok on Monday when the accident occurred as the plane was preparing to depart. Paramedics were called to the aircraft and the passenger was rushed to hospital.
Injuries caused by falling items from overhead storage containers are by no means an uncommon occurrence. According to Aero Magazine, published by Boeing Commercial Airplanes, there are approximately an average 12 injuries per day caused by falling luggage.
Under the terms of the Montreal Convention, airlines are liable for any injury to a passenger which is caused by an accident. Given that an accident is defined as an ‘unexpected unusual event or happening that is external to the passenger’, airlines are liable to passengers injured when hit by falling luggage from overhead compartments.
If you have sustained an injury whilst travelling on a plane, or even been hit by falling luggage from an overhead compartment, and would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact our travel claims department on 0113 200 9720.