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(CNN) — Eight passengers who survived the Southwest Airlines flight that made an emergency landing after an engine failed in midair earlier this year filed a lawsuit against the airline Tuesday.
The passengers cite injuries including hearing loss and post traumatic stress disorder, according to the lawsuit filed in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan on Tuesday. The lawsuit was filed in New York because the flight originated at La Guardia International Airport.
A few passengers in the lawsuit cite marriages ruined due to the “devastating impact” of the incident on their relationships.
“My clients went through a near-death trauma that will impact them for most likely the rest of their life,” said attorney Jonathan Johnson, who is representing the passengers in the case.
All eight of the passengers have a terrible fear of flying or say they’ll never fly again, said Johnson.
The passengers named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit are: Cindy Candy Arenas, Jaky Alyssa Arenas, Jiny Alexa Arenas, Joe Leos Arenas, Elhadji Cisse, Donald Kirkland, Beverly Kirkland, Connor Brown, and Cassandra Adams.
GE Aviation Systems, The Boeing Company, Safran USA and CFM International are also named as co-defendants in the lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, the other companies with Southwest played roles in the design, development, manufacture and the sale of the engines used and the aircraft as a whole.
CFM International, GE Aviation Systems, The Boeing Company and Southwest Airlines declined to comment on the pending litigation. CNN did not immediately hear back from Safran USA.
Southwest gave all 144 passengers $5,000, a $1,000 credit toward Southwest airfare, as well as transportation to their final destination after the incident in Philadelphia, Southwest confirmed to CNN.
Johnson said he doesn’t have a problem with how Southwest handled the incident after the fact, “The problem is that the accident should have never occurred.”
He said expects more of the 144 passengers from the flight to also file lawsuits.
Another passenger, Lilia Chavez, filed a lawsuit in April, days after the incident, also claiming personal injuries.