Another Lawsuit Filed in Chicago Plane Crash

Another Lawsuit Filed in Chicago Plane Crash

The Nolan Group, a Chicago law firm that focuses on airplane and air incident related legal matters, has announced that it is filing an action against Southwest Airlines and the city of Chicago in regard to an incident that occurred in early December at Midway airport, killing a 6-year-old boy.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Bernice James, a passenger onboard the Southwest Airlines flight 1248 from Baltimore that landed at Midway but crashed through a barrier at the end of the runway.  The plane then slid into traffic, crashing into a car that carried the 6-year-old.

The suit is the third filed by a passenger onboard the plane.  Mariko Bennett and Stanley Penn, other passengers who were injured in the crash, filed the other two lawsuits.  No suit has been filed regarding the death of the young boy.

There were 98 passengers and five crewmembers onboard the plane during the incident.  Several people were hospitalized for their injuries, including Bernice James.

The suit claims that Southwest Airlines did not properly consider the conditions on the runway before landing their plane.  There was a serious snowstorm at the time and visibility was limited and roads were icy around the city.  The lawsuit alleges that Southwest Airlines should have cancelled the landing.

Several organizations are involved in the investigation of the crash, including the US National Transportation Safety Board that said that it would take over a year to determine the exact reasons for the crash.



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