Women sue United Airlines for $85K after hard landing

Vancouver women claim landing caused mental pain and permanent injuries

In this photograph taken late Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, a United Airlines craft waits to take off from a runway at Denver International Airport. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two Vancouver women are suing United Airlines for nearly $85,000 after claiming they were injured when their plane made a hard landing.

According to the lawsuit, Pricilla Triplett and Barbara Shivvers were on United flight 1587 from Portland to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on May 23, 2015 when the plane made a sudden, hard landing around 6:35 a.m.

The women said the hard landing “threw [them] forward and into the seat backs in front of them,” causing mental pain and physical injury. The lawsuit alleges the women suffered “permanent injury to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves of her back causing radicular pain and numbness together with headaches and, in particular, a cervical and lumbosacral sprain/strain,” in addition to other injuries.

Lawyers contend United Airlines was negligent in “failing to approach the runway at an appropriate speed and altitude; In failing to avoid a sudden hard landing; In failing to warn passengers… that a hard landing was possible or imminent; and in failing to give appropriate and timely instructions to passengers to brace for the hard landing.”

The women are seeking $84,894.41 in damages.