A family is suing American Airlines for more than $100,000, claiming an aborted landing in Las Vegas ruined a carefully-planned family vacation.
Family Sues American Airlines For $100,000 After Aborted Landing
Roger Brunton and Dawn Rippy-Brunton wanted to take Dawn’s parents on a trip of a lifetime. Diane and Harold Lee Rippy Jr. were both aging and Dawn planned a very special trip she figured would likely be their last together.
The itinerary included stops in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Honolulu.
However on June 5, 2019 while landing in Las Vegas, the plane “ricocheted off the tarmac and careened back into the air.” The lawsuit further alleges:
“The aircraft then suddenly and violently rolled to the left, rolled back to the right, and started to roll left again before aborting the landing and climbing back into the sky.”
Even though the family had their seat belts fastened, the aborted landing caused injuries, according to the lawsuit. When the plane landed, the family sought medical care and were forced to cancel the remainder of their trip due to injuries sustained onboard.
The lawsuit demands $25,000 per passenger in “pain and suffering” due to “negligence” by American Airlines. The lawsuit further alleges the pilots acted recklessly and displayed a “get there at all costs’ mentality” that resulted in the needless aborted landing.
Without further details, it is impossible to speculate about the nature of the aborted landing. American Airlines has also refused to comment for this story. That said, aborted landings, also called go-arounds, are far more common than you might imagine, with thousands occurring per year in the United States alone. It is hard to believe the aborted landing in Las Vegas is due to negligence and I’m curious about how bad the injuries could be if the four passengers were properly wearing their seat belts.
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