A mother is suing American Airlines after her teenage son suffered a sudden cardiac arrest mid-flight and died.
The teen, Kevin Greenridge of New York, was flying to Miami from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on June 4, 2022.
During the flight, Greenridge suddenly went into cardiac arrest.
The plane made an emergency landing in Cancun, Mexico but, unfortunately, Greenridge did not survive.
The teen’s mother, Melissa Arzu, filed a lawsuit against American Airlines after suffering the tragic loss of her son.
The suit was filed against the airline in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Arzu is seeking damages and payment of attorney fees.
According to the lawsuit, the crew onboard the flight tried to resuscitate Greenridge, but the onboard automatic external defibrillator (AED) was not charged.
The lawsuit states that the teen’s death was “caused wholly and solely by reason of the carelessness, recklessness, and negligence of the defendant AMERICAN, its respective agents, servants and/or employees in failing to maintain an automatic external defibrillator on board the subject flight.”
It also states that American Airlines inadequately trained its employees to deal with basic resuscitation techniques, thus “causing, permitting, and allowing the mobile battery pack to drain down to no power, thereby causing AED to stop working.”
“That as a consequence of the defendant’s negligence in failing to maintain a working defibrillator upon their flight caused, permitted, and/or hastened the untimely death of… Kevin Greenridge,” the suit added.
The lawsuit cites the Aviation Medical Assistance Act of 1998, which states that the law “requires airlines to carry defibrillators aboard each aircraft with flight attendants” and that the emergency devices “must be inspected regularly in accordance with inspection periods established in the operations specifications to ensure its condition for continued serviceability and immediate readiness to perform its intended emergency purposes.”
The lawsuit does not specify why the teenage boy suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in the first place, however.
This case comes amid several recent reports of passengers, crew, and even pilots dying suddenly mid-flight.
As Slay News previously reported, an airline pilot collapsed at his plane’s controls and died suddenly shortly after taking off from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in November.
The plane had taken off from the runway and was en route to Columbus, Ohio when Captain Patrick Ford of the American Eagle Embraer 175 passed out at the controls.
The co-pilot was forced to take over the controls and return the plane to land in Chicago.
Ford was rushed to the hospital by emergency services where he was pronounced dead.
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