Disabled man to sue air carrier for refusing to fly him

Disabled man to sue air carrier for refusing to fly him

11 Mar, 03:17 PM

The wife of disabled man who had to wait three days for his flight home is going to sue the air company that refused to take him on board, Russian news agencies said Wednesday.

Yevgeny Prikhunov, resident of Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky in Russia’s Far East, had his spine broken in a car accident in September. The injury left him bedridden, and when in February he was referred to a hospital in Novosibirsk for surgery, he had to be taken on board the plane on a stretcher, with numerous precautions.

However after the surgery, when Prikhunov and his wife arrived at the airport for their flight home, the air carrier, Aeroflot, refused to take them on board, explaining that the aircraft was not suitably equipped to carry a disabled person. The couple was taken to a hotel, where they had to wait for three days for a flight that could take them home.

Olesya Prikhunova, Prikhunov’s wife, says staying at the hotel without the necessary medical supervision had a bad affect on her husband’s condition.

“My husband got an infection through one of his catheters, and after we got home he had to be taken to hospital again,” she told RIA Novosti news agency.

At the moment the Prikhunovs are consulting a lawyer and considering a reasonable amount to claim from Aeroflot in moral and physical damages.

Aeroflot, Russia’s largest air carrier, dismissed the criticism, saying it was the only company that had agreed to fly Prikhunov to Novosibirsk. A spokesman for the company also said that during the forced delay Aeroflot provided free accommodation and food for Prikhunov and his wife.

Tags: airplanes, weird, disabled

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