Unexpected Discovery: Lawyer Finds Delta Air Lines' Missing Emergency Slide Near Home

By Ivan PetrenkoMay 1, 2024 02:30 AMNews
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In an unexpected turn of events, a New York-based attorney involved in a lawsuit against Boeing stumbled upon a missing emergency slide from a Delta Air Lines 767-300ER, just outside his home in Queens, New York. The slide, part of the aircraft operating as flight DL520 from JFK to LAX, was found this past Sunday.

The lawyer, Jake Bissell-Linsk, whose firm Labaton Keller Sucharow recently initiated legal action against Boeing, reported the find near his residence in Belle Harbor, a neighborhood facing the Atlantic Ocean. The slide, which had detached during the flight on Friday, was located amidst rocks a short distance from his front yard, marking a surprising twist in what had been an ongoing search by authorities.

Upon discovering the slide, Bissell-Linsk and his neighbors contacted officials. Due to it being Sunday, immediate federal response was delayed, but by evening, Delta representatives retrieved the slide. This incident occurred near JFK, suggesting the slide traveled over six miles from the point of detachment.

Bissell-Linsk's firm is suing Boeing over safety concerns, highlighted by a separate incident involving an Alaska Airlines 737 MAX 9. This unexpected find adds a peculiar note to the ongoing discussions about aircraft safety and manufacturer responsibility. As the investigation unfolds, the relevance of this slide to the broader safety litigation remains under consideration.

This bizarre coincidence underscores ongoing concerns regarding aviation safety and the implications for those involved in related legal and regulatory frameworks. The incident is now under FAA investigation, and the outcomes could have significant ramifications for all parties involved.

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