NEWS Thomas Cook flight diverted to Portugal after passenger hit on head by falling shoe

An ill pensioner forced a packed Birmingham-bound flight to make an emergency landing – after she was hit on the head by a shoe.

Hilda Holland needed hospital treatment in Portugal when she was stretchered off the Thomas Cook service from Fuerteventura on January 10.

The 79-year-old was hurt when the flat shoe smashed into her head after a passenger sitting behind her on the Airbus A321-211 opened a locker above her seat.

The flight made an emergency diversion to Lisbon, where the OAP and husband John, 77, were rushed to hospital.