In a suit filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York yesterday, Nandine Persaud, of Queens, New York, USA, said she was forced to endure severe mental anguish, fear of impending death and ultimately sustained severe physical injuries.
Persaud is claiming the crash was caused by “negligent servicing, maintenance, repair, operation and piloting” of the aircraft, a Boeing 737-800.
Persaud said she was aboard the flight, which originated in New York, and travelling from Trinidad to Georgetown, Guyana, on July 30, 2011.
While landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, the writ states, the aircraft failed to decelerate, overran the end of the runway, broke through a peri-meter fence and broke, up, with the front section of the fuselage separating just ahead of the wing root.
There were 157 passengers and six crew on aboard.
A spokesperson for Caribbean Airlines yesterday said the Guyana crash was still under investigation by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, and CAL was awaiting a report.
The most severe injuries were two passengers who suffered broken legs.