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Some Passengers Mull Lawsuits Over Life-Saving US Airways Crash-Landing


A US Airways pilot made aviation history last month and was hailed as a hero after he crash-landed his plane on the Hudson River and all aboard survived.

But some of the 150 passengers whose lives he saved are talking about suing the airline for damages, contending that a $5,000 check for “immediate needs” and a refund of the ticket price they paid isn’t sufficient recompense for their emotional trauma, reports the London Times.

“In apparent confirmation that America remains the most litigious society in the world, Kreindler & Kreindler, a New York law firm, says it has been contacted by passengers of Flight 1549 about claiming damages for post-traumatic stress disorder,” the newspaper writes.

Additional coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Venable Partner on Downed Jet: ‘I Truly Thought I Was Going to Drown’ “

ABAJournal.com: “Early Return from NY Deposition Puts Attorney on Life-and-Death Plane Ride”

New York Times: “Air Traffic Controller Tells Gripping Tale of Hudson Landing”

60 Minutes (CBS): “Flight 1549: Saving 155 Souls In Minutes”

Kreindler & Kreindler: “Kreindler & Kreindler LLP Conducted A Major Study On Bird Strikes At La Guardia Airport Months Before The Accident Of US Airways Flight 1549”

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