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N.C. family of teen who fell to death in Mass. sues

CHARLOTTE — The family of a teen who fell from a jet’s wheel well in a Boston suburb two years ago is suing Charlotte, Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, and US Airways.

The family of 16-year-old Delvonte Tisdale says negligence caused the teen to fall from a Boeing 737 to his death.

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The lawsuit filed in Charlotte says the city, the airport, and the airline should have done more to prevent Tisdale from getting onto the tarmac and into the wheel well. It seeks damages in excess of $10,000.

‘‘The city remains saddened by the death of Delvonte Tisdale and wishes to express sympathy for his family. However, I don’t see how the city or the airport could or should be held legally liable for Mr. Tisdale’s decisions and actions,’’ city attorney Bob Hagemann said.

The teen ran away from home on Nov. 14, 2010, authorities said. His body was found in Milton a day later so damaged that an autopsy could not determine the cause of death.

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