Qan­tas sued over dam­aged door

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A QAN­TAS flight at­ten­dant suf­fered hear­ing loss af­ter gaffer tape on a dam­aged A380 su­per jumbo door came off dur­ing a flight from Los An­ge­les to Syd­ney.

Maria Basile was on the up­per deck of the Nancy Bird Wal­ton when a hastily re­paired seal on a dam­aged door gave way and emit­ted a high- pitched whine.

She is su­ing Qan­tas for neg­li­gence for “al­low­ing the door seal to be tem­po­rar­ily and in­ef­fec­tively re­paired by the ap­pli­ca­tion of sticky tape”.

The flight crew at­tempted to seal the door with wet tow­els while the plane flew on to Syd­ney in April 2010.

By the time the plane landed, Ms Basile, 49, who has since lost her job, suf­fered per­ma­nent hear­ing dam­age, shock, anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion.

In her state­ment of claim to the Dis­trict Court for dam­ages Ms Basile said the door was struck by an aer­o­bridge at Los An­ge­les air­port in early April 2010.

The air­line’s lawyers are ex­pected to file their de­fence in the Dis­trict Court to­day.

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