Attorney blames airport security breach for death of teen who fell from plane | Crime
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A Florida attorney has been retained by family of a north Charlotte teen who apparently snuck into the wheel well of a plane and fell to his death in November.
Authorities think 16-year-old Delvonte Tisdale managed to sneak onto the grounds of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport through a hole in the fence line.
Tisdale was a student at North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville.
Attorney Christopher Chestnut, whose law firm is in Gainesville, FL, released a statement Tuesday afternoon which said his office has been retained by the Tisdale family.
Tisdale was reported missing from his home in Charlotte on November 14.
Chestnut's office says Tisdale managed to elude airport safeguards both around the perimeter and on the tarmac at Charlotte-Douglas and was able to sneak into the wheel well of a the airliner completely unnoticed.
Tisdale is believed to have fallen to the ground on November 15 when the landing gear of the plane deployed as it approached Logan International Airport in Boston.
Tisdale's mutilated body was found in nearby Milton, MA, directly underneath a flight path for the airliner.
"The evidence in this case makes it quite clear which party is at fault, and the family has every intention of pursuing legal action of the highest order," said Christopher Chestnut. "While we agreed with authorities' request to hold on announcing this case until after the busy holiday travel season to avoid inciting public outrage, panic and possible logistical concerns during this critical period for the airline industry, it's now time this story be told and all facets of it explored - including the considerable ominous implications to our national security at large."
Chestnut goes on to say that while Tisdale is "culpable for making irresponsible and immature decisions representative of his age" the teen should never have been able to gain access to the plane if the proper security measures at the airport were in place.
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