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Family of teen killed after falling from plane's wheel well sues airport, US Airways

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CHARLOTTE -- The family of a man who fell from the wheel well of a plane and died has filed a lawsuit. The family of Delvonte Tisdale is suing Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and US Airways.

Thursday marks two years since Tisdale's body was found in a Boston suburb after he fell from the wheel of a Boeing 737. Now his family blames negligence on the part of Charlotte-Douglas and US Airways for his death.

The family says more could have been done to prevent the teenager from accessing the airport's tarmac and climbing into the wheel of a plane. Investigators say the 16-year-old ran away from home on Nov. 14, 2010. They say Tisdale went onto the tarmac of the airport and climbed into the wheel well of a US Airways flight headed to Boston. A day later his body was found in a Boston suburb.

A review by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police found the airport's police force was inadequate to properly monitor the area.

In a statement, the city attorney wrote "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."

Tisdale's family is asking for more than $10,000 in damages.

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