Sunday, June 24, 2018
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Tampa woman sues US Airways over rough landing

A Tampa woman has settled a lawsuit against US Airways that alleged that she was injured after a faulty landing at Tampa International Airport.

Nancy Linker, 48, says she was hospitalized after the front tires of US Airways Flight 1241 blew out upon touchdown in June 2009. According to the suit, filed in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, the plane's front gear collapsed, forcing the plane to slam "hard onto the runway with tremendous force."

Linker was seeking damages for negligence. Neither Linker nor attorneys for US Airways would release details of the settlement. The lawsuit was dismissed July 15.

After the flight's rough landing, the runway had to be closed for about eight hours. At the time, an airline spokesman said that no passengers were injured.

Fellow Tampa resident and celebrity pitchman Billy Mays was also on the flight, which was coming from Philadelphia. He told a local television station: "All of a sudden as we hit, you know, it was just the hardest hit, all the things from the ceiling started dropping. It hit me on the head, but I got a hard head."

Mays died the next day of heart disease. The medical examiner found no evidence of head trauma in Mays from the landing.

This story has been changed to reflect the following correction: A story Tuesday incorrectly reported the status of a Tampa woman's lawsuit against U.S. Airways over a rough landing at Tampa International Airport. Nancy Linker notified the court she had reached a settlement with the airline on July 15.

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