Passenger Suing Over Nose Gear Collapse at LaGuardia

A woman who was on the plane says she suffered permanent injuries

Monday, Aug 5, 2013  |  Updated 9:14 AM EDT
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Southwest Jet's Nose Gear Landed First: NTSB

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Southwest Airlines is facing its first lawsuit over a hard landing at LaGuardia Airport last month that injured 16 people.
 
South Carolina resident Jacqueline Young was on the flight from Nashville, Tenn. that made a nose-first landing at the airport on July 22.

She says in a lawsuit filed in Queens on Friday that she suffered permanent injuries after the accident.

Young's lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, said in a statement that "airline passengers who were injured are entitled to money damages for what happened to them."
 
A spokeswoman for Southwest says the airline is unable to comment on pending litigation.
 
Federal investigators said last month the plane touched down on its front nose wheel before the sturdier main landing gear in the back touched down. Southwest said then the landing described by investigators violated the airline's normal procedures.

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