AIG Plays Tough Cop With Crash Survivors

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Embattled insurance giant AIG has once again been put into the role of villain.

Passengers on US Airways Flight 1549's "Miracle on the Hudson" landing will be forever grateful for the crew that saved their lives after a bird strike shortly after takeoff in New York. However, AIG, which is US Airways' insurer, is resisting several claims from passengers regarding lost items and medical expenses, reports The New York Times.

When it comes to aviation insurance, the airline's liability is triggered only when negligence can be proven. Given the heroic actions of Capt. Chesley Sullenberger and crew, US Airways has escaped charges of negligence thus far.

"I wish I had a hammer to get them to do the right thing," an aviation attorney told the Times. "They're riding a wave of feel-good opinion about how well the flight crew handled the bird strike."

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