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American Airlines passenger says runaway beverage cart caused brain injury

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An American Airlines plane flew to its destination rather than make an emergency landing after a runaway beverage cart struck a passenger’s head during takeoff, leaving him with a severe brain injury, according to a negligence lawsuit on Thursday.

Charles and Helga Johnson, a married couple from Stanfordville, New York, are seeking at least $10 million in damages from American Airlines Group Inc in a complaint filed in the federal court in White Plains, New York.

American, the largest U.S. carrier, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The lawsuit comes at a time of increased focus on how airlines treat passengers after an April video went viral of United Airlines passenger David Dao being dragged from his seat to make way for a crew member.

According to Thursday’s complaint, an unmoored, fully stocked, 300-pound beverage cart struck Charles Johnson in the head after it flew down the aisle on Flight 1941 to Charlotte, North Carolina from Hartford, Connecticut on April 28, 2016.

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Johnson said the impact caused his hat to be ripped off his head and resulted in a large forehead gash, severe bleeding and a loss of consciousness.

But rather than land, the pilot flew on more than two hours to Charlotte, as a nurse and other passengers cared for Johnson because the cabin crew did not know how, the complaint said.

Johnson now suffers from “chronic traumatic brain injury and post-concussive syndrome,” headaches, mood swings and anxiety. He has been unable to work or bend down and has seen his marriage become “strained” because of his injuries, the complaint said.

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The Johnsons are also seeking punitive damages, reflecting what they called Fort Worth, Texas-based American’s “gross negligence” and “reckless disregard” for their well-being.

A lawyer for the Johnsons did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The case is Johnson et al v. American Airlines Inc, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 17-04515.

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(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)


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