Continental sued for bumpy flight

David Yates Oct. 13, 2011, 7:23am

Claiming a turbulent flight left her with a case of post-traumatic stress disorder, Lubbock resident Colleen O'Neal has filed suit against Continental Airlines and three other carriers.

According to an article in the Houston Chronicle, O'Neal filed her suit Oct. 11 in Harris County District Court. United Airlines, Colgan Air and Pinnacle Airlines are also named as defendants.

Nearly two years ago, O'Neal took a two-hour flight from College Station to Houston on Oct. 29, 2009. Tornados and thunderstorms were allegedly reported in the region, causing the plane to experience turbulence.

The article states that O'Neal thought she was going to die on the flight and now suffers from PTSD – a condition which is preventing her from working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a job that would require air travel.

O'Neal is suing for her alleged loss of economic benefits and mental anguish, plus all medical expenses and court costs.

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