A group of nine British and Norwegian passengers have begun legal action in the US, saying that they have suffered severe psychological trauma after a British Airways plane made an emergency landing at Heathrow in May. Alexandra Townsley, one of the passengers on board, told lawyers: “It was absolutely terrifying. My sister and I had a clear view of the engine fire. I remember thinking to myself that I was going to die.”
An interim report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) indicated that the covers had not been closed and locked properly following maintenance checks the night before. Previous claim records showed that there have been more than 30 other cases when engine covers have not been closed properly. Fortunately, the plane turned around and landed safely, after which everyone exited down the escape slides and no-one was hurt.Despite the fact that the aircraft was operated by British Airways, the legal action is against Airbus, which made the aircraft, and International Aero Engines, which made and sold the engines. The final report by the AAIB is still being compiled which could mean many months before investigators publish exactly what went wrong with Flight BA762. Airbus said it did not comment on litigation matters.The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.Setfords Solicitors are a national full service law firm, with litigation solicitors in Nottingham and across the country.