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February 21, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

In the latest lawsuit to be mounted by passengers against airlines, a Sydney family is reportedly suing Qantas for AUD 200,000 after their two-year-old boy had his little finger crushed and mutilated when an in-flight entertainment system allegedly fell on his hand.

Cameron Dela Cruz’s little finger was badly cut in flight, according to Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph, which ran a gory picture of the injured digit.

The incident happened in the economy cabin of a Qantas A330 on 14 January 2017 during a flight from Manila to Sydney. The paper reported that although medical assistance was provided during the flight (a surgeon was aboard) the family’s request for the plane to return to Manila to go to hospital was refused.

The boy’s mother said the incident occurred about 90 minutes into the flight and was “very stressful, very traumatic”.

She said the entertainment unit kept falling down and on the final occasion it fell on the child’s hand, cutting his finger severely.

The family says the boy had to take Panadol for the remaining six hours of the flight.

The family has hired a legal firm, who argue their clients are entitled to USD 200,000 under the Montreal Convention.

The paper quoted a Qantas spokesman saying the airline was fortunate to have had the help of a surgeon aboard, The flight’s captain had briefed MedLink “who advised that due to the stable condition of the child it would be better to continue to Sydney”.

Qantas now has 28 days to formally respond to the claim, the paper said.

The legal action is the third recently taken against airlines by passengers with Australian connections.

An Australian woman is reported to be suing Emirates over complications she claims to have suffered after the airline allegedly refused her water. See: Aussie woman sues airline – says she was refused water

In another incident, an Australian brain surgeon is suing Austrian Airlines after the little finger of his right hand allegedly became jammed in a plane’s foldout tray table during a long-haul flight in business class. See: Aussie surgeon sues airline after jamming finger

Written by Peter Needham

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