A young newlywed returning from her honeymoon died in the sky after an airline pilot repeatedly refused a doctor’s requests to land, court papers claim.
Brittany Oswell’s family say a doctor on board the flight from Honolulu, Hawaii, requested that the plane land three times after the 25 year-old suffered a pulmonary embolism, a potentially fatal blood clot blocking an artery between the heart and lungs. However, the American Airlines pilot reportedly refused to divert the flight.
Brittany Oswell died of a pulmonary embolism while flying home from her 2016 honeymoon. Oswell stopped breathing in the air, and was taken to Baylor Medical Center in Texas as soon as the jet landed. The aspiring nurse, who had just married husband Cory Oswell, died in hospital three days later.
Brittany’s family are now suing American Airlines, saying the flight should have been diverted, and that a faulty defibrillator on board further hindered her chances of survival.
Her mom Tina Starks, from Columbia in South Carolina, told the Honolulu Star Advertiser: ‘She needed that plane to land so she could get care from an actual hospital, not on the flight.’
Explaining the heartache caused by her daughter’s sudden death, Tina added: ‘You never get over this.
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