Women sue United Airlines for $85K after hard landing

FILE - In this July 8, 2015, file photo, United Airlines and United Express planes prepare to take off at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. United Continental reports quarterly financial results Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, FIle)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Two Vancouver women are suing United Airlines for nearly $85,000 after claiming they were injured when their plane made a hard landing.

According to the lawsuit, Pricilla Triplett and Barbara Shivvers were on United flight 1587 from Portland to Chicagos O’Hare International Airport on May 23, 2015 when the plane made a sudden, hard landing around 6:35 a.m.

The women said the hard landing threw [them] forward and into the seat backs in front of them, causing mental pain and physical injury. The lawsuit alleges the women suffered permanent injury to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves of her back causing radicular pain and numbness together with headaches and, in particular, a cervical and lumbosacral sprain/strain, in addition to other injuries.

Lawyers contend United Airlines was negligent in failing to approach the runway at an appropriate speed and altitude; In failing to avoid a sudden hard landing; In failing to warn passengers that a hard landing was possible or imminent; and in failing to give appropriate and timely instructions to passengers to brace for the hard landing.

The women are seeking $84,894.41 in damages.

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