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Published on Monday, April 18, 2011

BBC presenter considers suing airline

A BBC radio presenter is allegedly considering suing Singapore Airlines after he suffered a heart attack mid-flight, according to reports.

The airline apparently refused to carry out an emergency landing so that presenter Max Pearson, aged 51, could be taken to hospital, forcing him to endure a 14-hour flight back to London, said the Daily Mail.
Pearson had been covering the tsunami in Japan for the BBC World Service and later flew from Tokyo to Singapore, where he boarded a flight back to the UK.
Reports claim he went into cardiac arrest shortly after take off, but the aircraft's pilot refused to divert the Heathrow-bound flight.
The married father of two was taken to Harefield Hospital as soon as he landed, where he received emergency medical treatment.
He spent almost a week in hospital but colleagues claim he has suffered permanent damage to his heart due to the delay in getting to hospital.
Pearson has refused to comment but colleagues at the BBC said he may sue the airline, according to the Mail.
A spokesperson for SIA told Travelmole: “I regret that we are not able to comment on individual cases.

“However the safety and well-being of our customers and crew is our number one concern.

“With regards to inflight medical emergencies, our general standard procedure after ascertaining that a passenger is unwell is to broadcast over the PA system a request for medical assistance on board, and to contact our ground-based telemedical service provider, MedAire.
“An in-flight diversion may be carried out based on medical recommendations. Our pilots will take considerations, including the recommendation of MedAire, into account on whether to divert to the nearest suitable airport with medical facilities.

“Where necessary, we would arrange for additional medical support on the ground to be made available as soon as the aircraft touches down.

"In addition, all our aircraft are equipped with Emergency Medical Kits on board as well as equipment such as Automated External Defibrillators. Our cabin crew are also trained in First Aid and CPR.”

by Linsey McNeill

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  • Too Quick to Sue?

    I hope that SIA is proven right, or it could turn very ugly. I guess with no assurances on who pays for the costs of a diversion, which could affect crew duty times, and aircraft rotation, it quickly amounts to a lot more than just the extra stop and fuel costs.

    By richard mandunya, Monday, April 18, 2011

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