June 25 ,2009 - Crash Survivor Says U.S. Airways Should Pay for Therapy
A New York woman wants US Airways to pay for therapy for the trauma she and her daughter suffered when their plane crash-landed in the Hudson River.
Tess Sosa told CNN she and her daughter, Sophia, who has celebrated her 4th birthday since the crash in January, are still suffering the emotional impact of their narrow escape. But the family's insurance has a large deductible and they have been paying for therapy themselves.
US Airways, based in Tempe, Arizona, and its insurer, American International Underwriters Holdings, say the airline did more than it was required to, including giving every passenger $5,000 for expenses soon after the crash. Flight 1549 had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport when it lost engine power, apparently after hitting a flock of birds. The pilot, Capt. Chesley Sullenberger made a controlled landing in the Hudson, allowing everyone on board to escape.
"They have gone to incredible measures to get all of our belongings back, dry them out," Sosa said. "However, I think in doing so, there was this huge oversight in 'Let's take care of these passengers.'"
Sosa, her husband and their two children were all on the plane, although she was seated separately from her husband with her baby, Damian.