The airlines had a tough year in 2018 so far.
In March, a dog died on a United Airlines flight after the dog owner was told to stow the animal in a luggage compartment. And earlier this month, a ceiling panel fell on the head of a one-year old on an American Airlines flight from Hong Kong to Dallas. American Airlines (eel) was also accused of widespread racism, resulting in compulsory company-wide anti-racism training.
Well, the family of a South Carolina woman who died after a medical emergency aboard an American Airlines flight sued the airline for unlawful death
Twenty-year-old Brittany Oswell suffered an embolism while flying two years ago. According to the lawsuit, the flight crew did not make an emergency landing even though a doctor on the flight told the crew that the flight had to be diverted immediately for Oswell's medical treatment.
The pilots reportedly ignored the physician's request The flight was 90 minutes from landing at the destination. Before the flight landed, Oswell's breathing and pulse allegedly stopped at which time the flight crew tried several times and failed to use the defibrillator and blood pressure cuffs.
Oswell was transferred to a nearby hospital on landing and never regained consciousness. She was released from her livelihood three days after being admitted to hospital.
Oswell's mother told ABC News that she believed that the topic was "not taken very seriously" and claimed that her daughter had died because "someone made a business decision by plane when she needed emergency medical aid."
In a statement to ABC News, American Airlines said: "We take the safety of our passengers very seriously and we are investigating the details of the complaint."