Family’s Lawsuit Against Charlotte Airport, US Airways Dismissed

March 8, 2013

A North Carolina judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Charlotte, its airport and an airline by the family of a teen who apparently fell to his death from the wheel well of a jet approaching Boston.

Superior Court Judge Hugh Lewis ruled that 16-year-old Devonte Tisdale of Charlotte was negligent in his actions and the city is not responsible for people who breach security.

Officials say Tisdale’s body was found in a Boston suburb Nov. 15, 2010. An autopsy failed to determine the cause of death. The teen was identified through a hall pass with his name on it.

Authorities said Tisdale probably sneaked onto the tarmac of Charlotte Douglas International Airport and climbed into the wheel well of US Airways Flight 1176, bound for Boston.

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  • March 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm
    Don't Call Me Shirley says:
    I like stories about airplanes.
  • March 13, 2013 at 6:08 pm
    Don't Call Me Shirley says:
    There is a movie, "The Darwin Awards" (Netflix has it on streaming as well as DVD). I highly recommend it; it's a hoot.
  • March 11, 2013 at 4:45 pm
    caffiend says:
    Not all of them. The receipient of a Darwin Award just has to be rendered incapable of reproducing. However, the rules of the Darwin Awards exclude minors (those under 18), an... read more
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