Passenger on Southwest flight files lawsuit after allegedly suffering ‘post-traumatic stress’

  • Lilia Chavez filed suit against Southwest Airlines; GE Aviation; Safran Aircraft Engines; and CFM International, a supplier of jet engines, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Thursday
  • Chavez  alleged that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, as well as other injuries

One of the passengers who survived the ill-fated Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Dallas on April 17 that involved an engine explosion and a rare fatality is suing the airline.

After the traumatic events that led to an emergency landing, Lilia Chavez filed a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.

According to Ch-Aviation, Chavez filed a lawsuit against Southwest Airlines; GE Aviation; Safran Aircraft Engines; and CFM International, a supplier of jet engines, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Thursday. Chavez alleges in the lawsuit that the companies “unforgivably breached” the trust of passengers who “entrust their lives and safety to entities such as Southwest and the CFM defendants.”

Chavez  alleged that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, as well as other injuries.

During the flight, she sat three rows behind the window which was smashed by debris resulting from an engine blade breaking off mid-flight. As a result of the damage, one passenger was partially sucked out of the fuselage and died from injuries after landing.

The amount that she is seeking is not disclosed.

Southwest Airlines has previously disclosed that it sent out letters of apology, a $5,000 check and $1,000 travel voucher to the people who were on the plane that day.