Thomas Cook flight from Las Palmas diverted to Faro after hot tea spilled on 10-year old


Rien, the 10-year old daughter of Ingelmunster mayor Kurt Windels, suffered second-degree burns on her flight from Las Palmas to Brussels. The Thomas Cook pilots decided to divert the Airbus A320 (OO-TCW) to Faro, Portugal, Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws reports.

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During the flight, hot tea got spilled over her legs. Flight HQ1647 on 12th of April diverted to Portugal and the girl was transported to a hospital in Faro. “Today she’s fine”, the mayor says. “She gets medical treatment at home and within a few weeks, all traces from the incident should be gone. We were shocked and Rien suffered a lot of pain when it happened, but we received good medical assistance”.

The mayor also questions the use of hot fluids on board. “When you want to knock a nail in a wall at your home, you need protective glasses. But in an unstable and little-space environment like an aircraft, there is no protection available for hot fluids”. The mayor ended: “We won’t file a complaint against the airline because the tour operator (= also the airline) acted responsibly, and our travel insurance covers the costs”.

Belgian media wrote that the hot tea was spilled by a flight attendant, but witnesses on board of the aircraft reported that no flight attendant was involved in the accident, but rather a member of the family of the girl.

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