Newlywed Dies on Plane After Pilot Wouldn't Land Aircraft—Family Sues American Airlines

April 30, 2018

The family of Brittany Oswell is suing American Airlines after her death on one of their flights two years ago. They are filing a wrongful death lawsuit after the pilot and its crew supposedly didn’t make the appropriate medical arrangements for the 25-year-old.

“The lawsuit claims that three hours into the flight she started feeling disoriented. A little while longer she vomited and eventually lost consciousness. The complaint filed by Oswell's family alleges a doctor on the flight recommended the plane land immediately to get her to a hospital,” states a report from ABC.

In fact, the plane did not land for another 90 minutes. Unfortunately, that was 90 minutes too long, as when they landed, Oswell didn’t have a pulse. “She died three days later from a blood clot in her lung.”

This is a sad turn of events as Brittany and her husband were on their way back from their honeymoon. They were two newlyweds that got separated far too early. What’s even sadder is it could have been avoided.

"’Why did the pilot make a decision to continue on with the flight when he had a doctor ten feet away, on the cabin floor telling him that she needed to land? That my client, Brittany Oswell, was in distress and needed emergency medical care. That's what it boils down to,’ said the attorney for the family, Brad Crenshaw.”

Whatsmore, “Crenshaw also claims the onboard medical equipment malfunctioned, hindering potentially life-saving efforts.”

American Airlines has declined to say anything about the claims, but they did issue this statement: “We take the safety of our passengers very seriously and we are looking into the details of the complaint.”

There is still a lot of debate and unanswered questions as to why the plane didn’t land when it should have. We will keep you updated as new details emerge from this case.

Will you join us in praying for the family that lost this woman far too early? We appreciate your prayers with saddening news like this.

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