A spokesperson for the UK Aviation Safety Authority has confirmed to Southend News Network that hundreds of flights could be grounded after a breastfeeding mother watched in horror as her breasts EXPLODED at 30,000 feet. The terrifying incident took place halfway through a Southend to Nice flight on Friday evening, and experts have already stated that a faulty air pressure maintenance unit could be to blame.

Giles Mammage of the UKASA added: ‘We are only prepared to release limited details of the incident at the present time, however we can confirm that a suspected fault in an air pressure maintenance unit led to a young woman sustaining minor injuries on a flight from Southend to Nice on Friday.’

‘The unit in question was a Benztech TG5648/x model, and this is commonly used across a number of different Boeing and Airbus aircraft. Therefore, we will shortly be issuing a list of flights that could potentially be affected while vital safety checks are carried out.’

Late on Friday night, 31-year-old Sharon Black-Tate contacted Southend News Network to say that she was the lady who had suffered ‘minor injuries.’ In a shocking development, she told us that one of her breasts started randomly spurting milk all over the passengers surrounding her seat – the flight turned back to Southend Airport shortly after the captain had been alerted.

She said: ‘I knew that breastfeeding was going to be difficult during the flight, so to be on the safe side I fed my son around two hours beforehand – I knew that he wouldn’t need another feed until at least an hour after landing. However, any nursing mother will confirm that breasts literally ‘refill’ with milk between feeds and this can become uncomfortable at the best of times.’

‘Around one hour into the flight, quite a few people were complaining about getting a bit of a headache, and I noticed a really weird whilstling noise coming from underneath my bra. I discreetly looked down my top to find out what was going on, and before I could even blink there was milk gushing out in four different directions.’

‘I managed to hit three different people and all that I could do was apologise and frantically try and stem the flow – thankfully I had a spare bottle to hand to try and save as much of it as I could. As soon as I had managed to get everything under control, the other breast decided to start leaking as well and out of desperation I just grabbed my son and he started feeding.’

‘After a few seconds I realised that the air pressure was making the milk flow too quickly and it all just started streaming down his nose. My bra had completely snapped off by now like something out of Carry On Camping.’

As a temporary precaution, the Civil Aviation Authority has authorised a relaxation of the rules on carrying manual and electric breast pumps in hand luggage. A brief statement from the CAA also added that breastfeeding mothers should try and express on a half-hourly basis during flights until all of the faulty air pressure maintenance units have been identified and repaired.