LONDON – It has been released to the press that 8 of the passengers onboard Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 back on April 17 have sued Southwest Airlines and other parties involved over the catastrophic engine blowout that killed a passenger and injured several people.
The plaintiffs, Passengers Cindy Candy Arenas, Jaky Alyssa Arena, Jiny Alexa Arenas, Elhadji Cisse, Donald Kirkland, Beverly Kirkland, Connor Brown, and Cassandra Adams, and Cindy Arenas’ husband, Joe Leos Arenas filed the suit on Tuesday, June 19 in the Supreme Court of the State of New York County.
The passengers alleged that Southwest Airlines acted negligently in their responsibilities to maintain and repair their aircraft and the components onboard the affected jet.
The suit alleges: “A passenger was sucked into the open window, and the other passengers, including Plaintiffs, were confronted with their greatest fear, the overwhelming horror of being trapped in a plane about to crash,”
The eight passengers join Lilia Chavez, another passenger who filed a suit, but filed it days after the incident took place. For a recap, this is referring to one of Southwest’s Boeing 737-700 engines that blew apart in midair, shattering a plane window and flung shrapnel to passenger Jennifer Riordan, who died of her injuries and was the only fatality out of the 149 onboard.
Flight 1380 was flying between New York and Dallas when it had to divert to Philadelphia. The fatality was the first on a U.S commercial flight since 2009.
The other parties in the lawsuit are Boeing, Safran, General Electric as well as CFM International, who are the manufacturers behind the engine that broke apart. Safran and General Electric are involved as CFM is a transatlantic joint venture between the two companies.
Southwest Airlines has faced a lot of scrutiny over the past few months regarding the handling of the incident. On the wider front, it has raised concerns about the specific CFM engines involved in the 737-700 engines and whether they may need to be recalled.