A woman airline passenger is suing a US airline company for her traumatic flight experience two years ago when the plane she boarded in Seattle for a non-stop flight to New York ran off the runway at the O'Hare International Airport in Chcago
Passenger Jewel Thomas filed the lawsuit Tuesday in a US District Court claiming she suffered severe mental and emotional problems because of the incident.
"That day changed my whole life — it changed my whole world," Thomas said, adding: "This is one problem I can't solve."
The woman from Bellevue, Wash., said she is on unpaid disability from her job at Microsoft. Though an experienced world traveler, she said she is no longer able to fly and will sometimes "freak out" when she hears an airplane.
No physical injuries were reported among the 185 passengers or seven crew members, and the aircraft had little damage beyond its landing gear and several blown tires.
Among others, Thomas claimed the flight crew received multiple warning concerning faulty electrical system in which the crew decided to switch to standby battery power for some systems. It was noted that the battery could only provide power for 30 minutes.
Thomas says the crew could have made an immediate landing to the nearest airport rather than prolong the flight which reached Chicago O'Hare, with a faulty electrical system.
Thomas is accusing American Airlines and the plane's two pilots for negligence and seeks unspecified damages.
Thomas claims in her lawsuit the plane's crew try to troubleshoot the problem for hours until critical systems failed including the public address system leading to the failure of power to the passenger cabin.
As the cabin lights went out she called her children on her cellphone and left messages saying she loved them.