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Southwest Facing Lawsuit After Woman Dies on Plane in April

Eight passengers are suing Southwest Airlines over the mid-air engine failure that left a woman dead in April.

Jennifer Riordan was nearly sucked out of the plane when debris from the engine broke a window during the flight.

She was pulled back in but died later at the hospital.

The plane made an emergency landing.

Investigators found that a fan blade was missing from the engine that failed.

According to the suit filed this week, the plaintiffs cite injuries including hearing loss and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Some even say the impact of the incident ruined their marriages.

The suit also names G.E. Aviation Systems, Boeing, Safran USA and CFM International as co-defendants.

Southwest and three of the other companies declined to comment.

Safran USA did not respond to CNN's request for comment.

After the incident, Southwest gave all 144 passengers $5,000, a $1,000 credit toward Southwest airfare, as well as transportation to their final destination.


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