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A class-action lawsuit has been filed against United Airlines by the passenger of flight UA328. In the filing, the passengers claim they suffered emotional distress due to the engine failure on the 20th of February this year. Their legal counsel claims that United could have avoided this had they inspected the fan blades regularly/adequately.
If you do not know about what happened last month, a United Airlines 777 was departing out of Denver, Colorado, the right hand Pratt & Whitney PW4077 engine suffered an uncontained engine failure. The aircraft landed safely back in Denver without any injuries to those on board or the ground.
The plaintiff’s claim that they have suffered emotional distress after being left to fear for their lives for 20 minutes. They claim that this was foreseeable and caused severe emotional distress. In the filing, some of the passengers exhibited physical symptoms such as nausea, shock and, after the fact, insomnia.
While the NTSB is still investigating the cause of the failure, they have published an update saying that the most probable cause was several fan blades' fatigue. The engine had not been inspected since 2016 since at the time of writing the regulations layout guidelines for when the engines are due to be inspected.