American Airlines denies wrongdoing in passenger’s death

Earlier today, we brought you the story of Carine Desir, a woman who died aboard an American Airlines flight from Haiti to New York on Friday. Her cousin who accompanied her on the flight, Antonio Oliver, claimed that the flight attendants initially refused the woman’s pleas for help, and eventually supplied her with empty oxygen tanks after she complained of difficulty breathing.

Today, a spokesperson for the airline denied Mr. Oliver’s version of the events, stating that “American Airlines, after investigation, has determined that oxygen was administered on the aircraft, and it was working, and the defibrillator was applied as well.”

The flight attendants tried to help the woman one to three minutes after her initial complaints, the spokesperson said, and they “acted very admirably.”

Despite the airline’s denial of responsibility, I predict a lawsuit will be filed in 5, 4, 3…