The Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-DAX performing flight FR-9396 from Girona to Leeds with 162 passengers and 6 crew, was boarding for departure, when a female passenger fell through the railing of the integral air stair of the aircraft.
The NTSB reported, that the woman received serious injuries.
The accident is being investigated by Spain’s CIAIAC (Comision de Investigacion de Accidentes e Incidents de Aviacion Civil).
This is not the first time that Ryanair have had problems with the airstair units that they insist on using to save money.
On June 27 last year, a Boeing 737-800 had parked at Dublin Airport following a flight from Krakow. During disembarkation from the rear door the first three passengers emerged from the aircraft onto the mobile air stairs unit. The stairs then partially collapsed.
Investigators for the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) of the Department of Transport, found the locking mechanism on the unit was creating a “false” lock condition which was sufficient to allow one person to stand on the sliding stair without adverse consequence, but not three.