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Woman Sues Delta Over Near-Crash Incident With AM-Delta Incident

July 18, 1987

ATLANTA (AP) _ A passenger on a Delta Air Lines flight that plunged toward the Pacific Ocean last month after the plane’s engines were mistakenly shut down filed a $4 million lawsuit against the airline Friday.

Catherine Demars’ suit charges the airline with negligence, saying Delta had reckless disregard for safe aircraft design and flight-crew training.

Bill Berry, a spokesman for the Atlanta-based airline, said he wasn’t aware of the lawsuit and could not respond to it.

Mrs. Demars was among 190 passengers aboard a flight bound from Los Angeles to Cincinnati when the flight crew mistakenly shut down both engines shortly after takeoff. It was one of a rash of incidents involving Delta in recent weeks.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane glided about 1,100 feet toward the Pacific Ocean until the flight crew was able to restart the engines about 500 feet above the water. The aircraft then resumed normal flight.

According to the suit, filed in federal court in Miami, Mrs. Demars sustained physical and emotional injuries as a result of the accident, including injured cartilage, ″extreme anxiety and panic,″ sleeplessness, loss of appetite and a permanent fear of flying.

The suit seeks $2 million in compensatory damages, $2 million in punitive damages and other unspecified damages.

Mrs. Demars, whose husband is Cincinnati Reds batting coach Billy Demars, lives in Cincinnati and Clearwater, Fla.

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