Aviation Lawyers Concerned After Easyjet Flight’s Emergency Landing In Rome

Staff And Passengers Affected By Severe Turbulence Which Led To Diversion


Aviation lawyers representing passengers who have suffered physical and psychological injuries during emergency landings and in-flight emergencies have revealed their concerns after reports of problems on board an Easyjet flight which was forced to land in Rome following turbulence.

Flight EZY8529 from London Gatwick to Naples carrying more than 150 passengers was diverted to the Italian capital after it reportedly hit an air pocket in a thunderstorm, with witnesses in the cabin reporting that stewards were thrown in the air as a result of the problems.

Easyjet confirmed in a statement that the plane was diverted to Rome Fiumicino following the incident, adding that a member of the crew sustained an injury in the incident.

The airline apologised for the incident and added that the aircraft landed safely and passengers disembarked before being transported to Naples by coach.

Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Aviation Law team represent injured victims and the loved ones of those killed in air accidents across the world, including passengers affected by in-flight turbulence incidents, such as United Airlines violent turbulence incident in 2010 that resulted in serious injuries and a diversion to Montreal in Canada.

Expert Opinion
We are very concerned to hear these reports of an aircraft encountering severe turbulence associated with a thunderstorm. Flying in or close to a thunderstorm cloud should be avoided by aircrew as these clouds cause extreme turbulence that can seriously damage and endanger an aircraft.

"Normally flight crews identify and avoid thunderstorms through weather reports and on the aircraft weather radar. While we currently don’t know what happened here, it is crucial that the reasons causing this serious in-flight incident are identified, not least to identify any lessons that can be learned to minimise the risk of a similar occurrence in the future.

"The violent motions associated with this type of incident are terrifying, and can cause severe psychological trauma as well as physical injuries for the passengers and crew which may give rise to claims for compensation."
Jim Morris, Partner