Passengers File $12-M Class-Action Lawsuit for Halifax Plane Crash

Leading plaintiff, S. Philip Cameron, and several others have filed a class-action lawsuit against Air Canada, Nav Canada, the Halifax International Airport Authority, the flight’s Captain, and the First Officer, alleging that the preceding failed to preempt a plane crash at the Halifax airport last month due to their negligence.

According to the claim filed by MacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law, “this class action lawsuit alleges that the negligence of these defendants caused the crash landing of this flight, resulting in both physical and psychological injuries to passengers.” In addition to that, the statement of claim adds that all members of the class-action lawsuit are seeking $12 million in physical and psychological injuries as a result of the crash landing, including anxiety, depression, fatigue, and insomnia.

Moreover, MacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law is also filing a mass tort claim and has already retrained more than 20 passengers who will be included in it. According to the statement, “the passengers are filing as individuals in the mass tort in case the class is not certified…” The flight, onboard an Airbus A320, was travelling from Toronto to Halifax when it crashed 335 metres short of the runway in Halifax at around 12:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 29th. TSB investigator, Mike Cunningham, explained that that impact caused “considerable damage” to the aircraft’s landing gear and the plane skidded on its belly for another 335 metres. All 133 passengers and five crew members survived the cash.

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