Boy who suffered nightmares after ‘ordeal’ on Ryanair flight awarded £8.5k

An 11-year-old boy who suffered nightmares after a 'terrifying ordeal' during a Ryanair flight that had to make an emergency landing has been awarded £8.5k.

The light from Dublin to Zadar Airport in Croatia in July 2018 suffered a sudden loss of cabin pressure, causing an emergency descent into Frankfurt Hahn airport before the boy and his family continued on to their destination.

Stefan Kokic, now aged 17, was diagnosed with a degree of stress secondary to the incident as well as headaches and has now settled a personal injuries claim against the Irish airline for €10,000.

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“Stefan was involved in an undoubtedly terrifying ordeal,” his lawyer Ciaran Mandal told the court. The youngster, who lives in Kildare, Ireland, sued through his mother.

An affidavit showed that the family claimed the boy suffered emotional upset as a result of the incident, but also showed that he coped well after the flight.

Stefan had twice attended his GP, Dr Hugh Brady of The Bridge Medical Centre, Newbridge, Kildare.

Judge John O’Connor in the Circuit Civil Court on Monday ordered a €10,000 settlement offer by Ryanair on the basis of “outstanding issues.”

He told the young man's lawyer that he 'had done very well' for Stefan.

Ryanair has been contacted for comment.

It comes after a wheelchair user alleged he was made to “crawl” off his flight with the airline in May.

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Posting on Instagram, Adrian Keogh shared a snap of himself shuffling down the stairs leading from the plane to the tarmac.

Adrian claims he landed in Landvetter Airport, in Gothenburg, Sweden, at 11pm at night.

He wrote: “I am, as some may know, a full-time wheelchair user and paid extra for special assistance to be lifted off the plane down to my wheelchair.”

However, Adrian claims this did not happen.

Adrian asked people to share the post to “highlight the struggle wheelchair bound people have to deal with.”

A spokesperson for Ryanair told Daily Star: "Special assistance at Landvetter Airport is managed by a third-party provider – not Ryanair."

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