December 17, 2015 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.
At roughly 5:20 p.m. on Tuesday, a plane that departed from Houston Hobby Airport was landing when it eventually rolled off the taxiway at Metropolitan Nashville Airport and into a ditch. The incident, in which nine people were injured, is being investigated by the FAA and may also be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB would take the lead in the investigation if there is determined to be significant damage to the airplane.
Passengers on the plane said they heard a loud noise and felt a slight tilt of the plane when it stopped in the ditch. The passengers report that there was no urgency after the plane came to a stop.
The Nashville Fire Department and emergency personnel responded immediately to help the individuals hurt in the accident. After the incident, Southwest Airlines released a statement making note of the nine injured individuals and said they were taken to a hospital, treated, and released. Passengers were bused to the terminal after the accident and photos show that at least one of the emergency slides on the plane was deployed.
Of the passengers injured, it appears that they suffered from mostly bruises and bumps, but fire spokesman Brian Haas mentioned that one person was suffering from chest pains.
If you were one of the passengers injured, we encourage you to contact Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. Remember that it often takes time for some injuries to fully effect an individual. Our aviation accident attorneys are dedicated to protecting your rights if you have suffered injuries in this plane accident. We will be following the investigation closely to determine what kind of claim is possible.
Call today for your free initial consultation and we can discuss your rights and options moving forward, as well as the specific details of the case.