Passenger claims injury from improper boarding on United Airlines

By Steve Gonzalez | May 22, 2006

United Airlines is being sued in Madison County Circuit Court by a passenger claiming a left knee injury from tripping over the flight attendant who was storing her luggage in the overhead bin.

Twylah Englar claims that while aboard United Flight 250 on Feb. 6, 2005, the airline failed to exercise ordinary care for the safety of all passengers on the plane by not properly boarding them, failed to properly train flight attendants in overseeing the seating and the storing of luggage and negligently allowed the seating of passengers and storing of overhead luggage in a haphazard and crowded area.

Engler, represented by Lance Mallon of Wood River, is seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages.

According to the complaint, Englar's alleged injuries caused pain and suffering, a disability, medical expenses, loss of wages and the diminution of earning capacity.

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