Judge Dismisses Suit Against Charlotte Airport

March 12, 2013

A North Carolina judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Charlotte, its airport and an airline by the family of a teen who apparently fell to his death from the wheel well of a jet approaching Boston.

Superior Court Judge Hugh Lewis ruled Tuesday that 16-year-old Devonte Tisdale of Charlotte was negligent in his actions and the city is not responsible for people who breach security.

Officials say Tisdale’s body was found in a Boston suburb Nov. 15, 2010. An autopsy failed to determine the cause of death. The teen was identified through a hall pass with his name on it.

Authorities said Tisdale probably sneaked onto the tarmac of Charlotte Douglas International Airport and climbed into the wheel well of US Airways Flight 1176, bound for Boston.

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