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Miami Family Charges American Airlines with Passenger Death

December 2, 2011 By: Jena Tesse Fox

On the heels of its shocking Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, American Airlines now has to deal with a family that claims an in-flight meal killed a passenger.

CNN is reporting that the wife and daughter of the late Othon Cortes of Miami are suing the airline and Sky Chefs for more than $1 million, alleging he ate food contaminated with bacteria during a flight from Barcelona, Spain, to New York.

The incident happened on May 18 after Cortes consumed an in-flight meal that allegedly contained chicken, according to a lawsuit filed last week in the U.S. District Court in Miami. Cortes' family alleges that his death was caused by poisoned food that American Airlines and Sky Chefs served on the international flight. It accuses the companies of "failing to properly maintain or prepare the food" and alleges the companies allowed the food to become contaminated with Clostridium perfringens bacteria. Sky Chefs has reportedly claimed that it did not cater the flight in question.

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Jena Tesse Fox
Jena Tesse Fox covers Europe, Africa, Australia/South Pacific and business travel for the Questex Travel Group's publications. The daughter of history teachers, she can spend...

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By Jena Tesse Fox | December 2, 2011
On the heels of its bankruptcy filing, American Airlines is now facing a lawsuit for a passenger's death.
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