Personal injury claim news
US plane passengers escape death after miracle landing
Passengers who suffered injuries when a US Airways Airbus A320 made a miraculous crash-landing in New York's Hudson River are expected to lodge personal injury claims over the coming few months.
The airliner had departed LaGuardia airport in New York and was due to arrive in North Carolina; however, after around only three minutes it suffered a "double bird strike", forcing the pilot to make an emergency descent.
The pilot, Captain Chesley Sullenberger, has received universal praise for the smoothness of his crash landing, and has already been dubbed a "national hero". Amazingly, none of the 155 passengers suffered fatal injury in the incident.
Emergency services also acted quickly to respond to the incident, ensuring the plane did not sink and that all passengers were rescued for the subzero waters of the river.
The Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, commented, "It would appear that the pilot did a masterful job of landing the plane in the river, and then making sure that everybody got out.
"I had a long conversation with the pilot. He walked the plane twice after everybody else was off and tried to verify that there was nobody else onboard. And assures us there were not."
Despite the fact that the majority of the passengers onboard suffered only minor injuries, it is thought the distress of the incident means there will be a significant number of psychological personal injury claims.
One man, who suffered two broken legs in the plane crash, thought to be the most serious physical injuries sustained by any of the passengers onboard, may well use the services of a no win, no fee lawyer to make a personal injury claim for his injuries.