Lawsuit Filed Against Southwest, Boeing and Chicago by Passenger Midway Jet Crash

The suit was filed by the aviation law firm Kreindler & Kreindler LLP on behalf of the passenger, a Naval officer then living in Annapolis, MD , who suffered physical and psychological injuries as a result of the accident.

In a statement issued on January 27, 2006, the NTSB specifically cited Flight 1248 saying: "If the thrust reverser credit had not been allowed in calculating the stopping distance for flight 1248, the OPC would have indicated that a safe landing on runway 31C was not possible."

The suit further claims that the Southwest crew also failed to properly use the thrust reverser system. The NTSB stated: "...the thrust reversers were not deployed until 18 seconds after touchdown, at which point there was only about 1,000 feet of usable runway remaining... the delayed deployment of the thrust reversers can lead to an unsafe condition, as it did in this accident."

On December 8, 2005, SWA Flight 1248 landed in a snowstorm at Midway, killing one child riding in a car near the airport and seriously injuring several others as the plane overran the runway and plowed onto South Central Avenue, just south of West 55th Street adjacent to Midway Airport. The flight originated from Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

"This crew was responsible for safely landing the 737 aircraft or for determining whether attempting a landing would put the passengers at risk," said Marc S. Moller of the Kreindler firm. "They made an unforgivable mistake and the result was disastrous." Mr. Moller cited the similar suit against Southwest for the Burbank crash, in which the injured parties successfully claimed that SWA fosters a culture of expediency, cost savings and an aggressive 'get the plane down' approach that, in combination, compromised passenger safety.

SOURCE Kreindler & Kreindler LLP

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