Qantas sued over damaged door
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.