A Couple from Lincolnshire have been awarded £340,000 in an out of court settlement after they were seriously injured in a plane crash abroad whilst on a safari holiday in Tanzania to celebrate their 36th wedding anniversary.
Brian and Kathleen Holland were both injured in an accident on 17 March 2004, when the plane they were travelling in had to make an emergency landing after suffering engine failure.
Although the pilot tried to land on a road carriageway, oncoming traffic forced him off the road, causing the plane to crash. The plane was carrying 8 passengers, 5 of them were seriously injured including both Mr and Mrs Holland.
Mr Holland suffered serious leg and back injuries, whilst Mrs Holland fractured her left ankle and suffered a serious spinal injury. Mrs Holland spent a week in an intensive care unit in Nairobi before being flown back to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, where she spent several months receiving in-patient treatment.
Mr and Mrs Holland sought damages against 3 Defendants including the tour operator that arranged the package holiday, Okavango Explorations (UK) Limited, trading as Hartley’s Safaris, as well as Regional Air Services Limited, the carrier in Tanzania and AirKenya Aviation Limited, the company that was responsible for the maintenance of the engine that failed.