Emergency Landing for Southwest Jet with Engine and Window Damage

Author: Kayla Nilson  |  Category: emergency landing

A Southwest aircraft made an emergency landing at Philadelphia’s airport a piece of shrapnel flew off of the left engine covering, shattering a window, and killing one passenger. Oxygen masks dropped down from the ceiling and passengers reported hearing “loud bangs” and “rattling” as the plane quickly began to descend.

The pilot was able to regain control of the jet and land safely. Upon arrival, emergency vehicles were waiting on the tarmac and seven people with minor injuries were treated. A fuel leak in one of the engines caused a small fire that firefighters were able to control quickly.

After landing, the FAA stated that the crew reported damage to one of the engines, the fuselage, and at least one window.

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If you were injured on a flight, remember to seek appropriate medical care first, and to keep good records of your interactions with medical providers.

Friedman|Rubin PLLP specializes in aviation and personal injury cases. If you have questions about a potential case, please contact us for a free evaluation. Our Aviation Team is ready to hear your story and evaluate your case.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Being Brought Against Southwest Airlines for Negligence

Author: Kayla Nilson  |  Category: Disabled Passenger, Safety

The widow of Eugene Dreyer is claiming negligence caused her husband’s fatal injuries on a Southwest Airlines flight February 21st, 2017. Mr. Dreyer, had been a successful stockbroker and financial advisor, but had suffered from post-polio syndrome leaving him wheelchair bound. As he was being wheeled to his first row seat, Mr. Dreyer requested that he have a seat belt extension. The flight crew obliged, and the plane took off. According to the suit, no one in Mr. Dreyer’s party adjusted the belt.

As the plane was landing, the seat belt failed to keep him secure causing Mr. Dreyer to fly forward and hit the wall. The suit claims that “Eugene Dreyer hit his head, foot, leg, shoulder and other parts of his body onto the front bulkhead wall.” This lead to severe injuries including loss of cognitive functions, severe depression, and a broken femur.

The suit is claiming that these injuries, lead to Mr. Dreyer’s death on April 23rd, 2017 and was filed on behalf of Mr. Dreyer’s wife and his two children.

If you were injured on a flight, remember to seek appropriate medical care first, and to keep good records of your interactions with medical providers.

Friedman|Rubin PLLP specializes in aviation and personal injury cases. If you have questions about a potential case, please contact us for a free evaluation. Our Aviation Team is ready to hear your story and evaluate your case.