WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Relatives of a woman from South Carolina who died midflight is now suing American Airlines, blaming the company for her death.
- The 25-year-old passenger died of a pulmonary embolism two years ago while flying from Hawaii to South Carolina aboard American Flight 102.
- The family of Brittany Oswell filed a lawsuit, alleging the flight crew did not attempt to make an emergency landing and that the medical equipment aboard the plane was broken.
Brittany Oswell and husband, Cory, were flying back to South Carolina after spending their honeymoon in Honolulu when Brittany began having complications. The newlywed suffered a pulmonary embolism and cardiac arrest aboard American Flight 102.
About three hours into the trip, Brittany, according to Cory, suddenly became “dizzy and disoriented” and then fainted. The lawsuit alleges that Cory immediately paged the flight attendants, who then found a doctor among the passengers. According to the lawsuit, Brittany was believed to have suffered a panic attack at that point.
The case, filed in U.S. District Court, also states that Brittany was pronounced brain dead at Baylor Medical Center, three days after the flight. The new bride was taken off life-support equipment. The lawsuit also claims that onboard medical equipment didn’t work. Additionally, pleas from a doctor, who tried to assist Brittany, urging the crew to land at the nearest airport for medical care were ignored.
USA Today reported that American Airlines hasn’t responded formally to the lawsuit filed on April 18, but the company issued a statement: “We take the safety of our passengers very seriously, and we are looking into the details of the complaint.”
Brad Cranshaw, a lawyer representing Brittany’s husband, Cory Oswell, and parents, Christopher and Tina Starks, told The State newspaper, “It’s a tragedy. When Brittany got on the plane, she stepped into her coffin.”
“We absolutely felt like this was not taken very seriously,” Brittany’s mother told ABC News. “She’s no longer here to do anything with us, and it’s all because someone made a business decision to keep flying a plane when she needed emergency medical help that they could not provide because of inadequacies on board the flight.”
Source: ABC News