An elderly woman passenger was lying in a pool of blood at Cape Town International Airport on Thursday afternoon after losing her balance on the mobile stairs on the way out of a FlySafair aircraft.
An eyewitness who wants to remain anonymous says the incident happened around 4pm.
“I was one of the last people to leave the plane. I got off at the back of the plane and the woman at the front.
The eyewitness says she was already out of the plane on the runway and about 20 steps from the front stairs when she saw the woman landed on her head.
“Another passenger and I were there first. A member of the crew responded quickly and told us not to touch the woman at all. Her one foot still rested on the stairs. “
According to eyewitnesses, the staff member ran to the airport building while she and the other passenger courageously spoke to the elderly woman.
“We told the woman she would be okay. A large pool of blood began to form around her head. Her eyes were open, but she didn’t say anything. I think she was shocked. ”
The eyewitness says at least 15 minutes elapsed before an ambulance arrived.
FlySafair spokeswoman Kirby Gordon says the woman slipped down the stairs as she went down the stairs.
“The weather was okay and it was still light. She was carrying several bags and when she reached the last few steps she slipped and fell, ”he says.
The cabin crew immediately assisted her, as did one of the workers who approached the mobile stairs.
“She shook hit her head and our team immediately notified the medical services and took her to the clinic.
“The captain checked in with her after the incident. She was in good shape at the time, but still very shocked. “
“I didn’t see her wound myself, but I asked the crew to turn her on her back. I talked to her afterward and told her she would be okay. ”
The man says there was “about 200 ml to 500 ml of blood” on the runway where she fell, but her condition was stable and she was positive.