Lawsuit: Man Hurt His Back During United Airlines Flight, Now Has Plane Crash Nightmares

If you could sue an airline just because you hurt your back inflight I think we’d have seen a whole lot more lawsuits since the introduction of ‘slimline’ seats that have less padding, and so take up less space, and allow airlines to squeeze seats in closer together.

One man though says he hurt his back when his United flight diverted to Goose Bay, Canada in October and he’s been having “horrible plane crash nightmares” ever since.


United Airlines Chicago O’Hare

He reports that he was on board United flight UA931 from Chicago O’Hare to London Heathrow when the Boeing 767 “had to deal with a shattered windshield at 40,000 feet.” Though the airline initially told him the cause of the issue was a bird strike, they descended quickly and made their way to the ground and according to the pilots,

[I]t was most likely caused by a mechanic over-tightening windshield bolts. They also admitted 2 of 3 layers of the glass were destroyed and they were nearly sucked out of the cockpit.

With all of the Boeing 757s that United has flown to Europe over the years, and Continental before it, they were long known to operate focus cities in Goose Bay and Gander. You almost expect to land there headed Westbound, but not Eastbound on a 767.

The issue here though is an aching back and bad dreams, and I get those every time I board United or American Airlines in coach. That just doesn’t seem actionable to me.

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Comments

  1. Do you read your articles before posting them? I assume not. I can proof them for you if you want.

    “…inflight I think we’d have sees a whole lot”

  2. Flown dozens of 757 and 767 East and westbound over the Atlantic and never landed in Goosebay or Gander – why do you say that should be expected? Should definitely not be expected. And there’s nothing in the article that says how did person hurt their back. Your headline and your text have very little if anything to do with each other.

  3. “Theodore is suing United for negligence. He says he hurt his back in the emergency landing and he’s suffered horrible plane crash nightmares ever since the flight.”

  4. I’m Elderly, Disabled, and Handicapped. So basically screwed if I happen to fly.
    So, FUC* ALL Airlines for their late actions regarding safety. If it were not for the stupidity of these TSA staff, 911 would never have happened. LET’S PUT THE BLAME WHERE IT BELONGS ALL AIRLINES, THEIR SECURITY AND THEIR STAFF. If it wasn’t for some SCUMB*G WASHINGTON LAWYER PREVENTING INDIVIDUALS FROM BRINGING LAWSUITS AGAINST THE AIRLINES AND OTHERS RESPONSIBLE FOR OVER 3000 DEATHS, AND STILL COUNTING, THIS COUNTRY WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE.

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