US United passenger who was dragged from plane says he's still in the hospital

01:06  12 april  2017
01:06  12 april  2017 Source:   Tribune News Service

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On Sunday April 9, 2017, a passenger on a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Louisville was violently dragged from the plane because the company One of the men told them he was a doctor who needed to see patients at a hospital in the morning, and therefore was unable to leave the flight.

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This Sunday, April 9, 2017, image made from a video provided by Audra D. Bridges shows a passenger who was removed from a United Airlines flight in Chicago. Video of police officers dragging the passenger from an overbooked United Airlines flight sparked an uproar Monday on social media, and a spokesman for the airline insisted that employees had no choice but to contact authorities to remove the man. © (Audra D. Bridges via AP) This Sunday, April 9, 2017, image made from a video provided by Audra D. Bridges shows a passenger who was removed from a United Airlines flight in Chicago. Video of police officers dragging the passenger from an overbooked United Airlines flight sparked an uproar Monday on social media, and a spokesman for the airline insisted that employees had no choice but to contact authorities to remove the man. David Dao, a Kentucky physician who touched off a national debate over airline overbooking policies this week when he was dragged off a United Airlines flight, was still recovering in the hospital Tuesday after suffering injuries from the incident, according to a Kentucky television station that spoke to him.

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Dao told WLKY-TV that he was not doing well and that he was still in a hospital in Chicago. When asked what his injuries were, he said "everything," the station reported.

On Sunday, Dao had boarded a United flight from Chicago to Louisville that the airline had overbooked. When flight staff chose four passengers to get off the plane to make room for United employees, Dao refused, saying that he was a doctor who needed to go back home to see patients.

The airline summoned security officers, who dragged a shrieking Dao out of his seat and off the plane. Footage of the incident, taken by passengers, many of whom were distraught over Dao's treatment, later showed Dao with a bloody face.

The incident has sparked criticism of United Airlines' handling of the incident. United Chief Executive Oscar Munoz initially said Dao, whom the airline did not publicly identify, was "disruptive and belligerent" when airline employees told him he would have to relinquish his seat because the flight was overbooked.

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The airline said the plane wouldn't take off until four people volunteered, according to one witness. United Airlines. Bridges said on Facebook that the booted passenger didn’t want to get off because he is a doctor who had to be at a hospital in the morning.

But as criticism mounted on Tuesday, Munoz issued another statement saying Dao had been "mistreated" and added, "I deeply apologize to the customer forcibly removed and to all the customers aboard."

Little is known about Dao or why he was so adamant about remaining on the flight, leading news organizations to probe his history. The Louisville Courier-Journal and other news organizations reported Monday that Dao had previously been convicted of six felonies related to his medical practice in 2004, in which he was accused of illegally prescribing painkillers to a patient in exchange for sex.

He was given five years of supervised probation.

Dao surrendered his medical license in 2005, and applied for reinstatement, telling regulators it was a matter of "family honor." In a 2014 letter, his attorney described Dao as "a grandfather, an active participant in his local church" who supports an organization that helps the homeless in his community, Elizabethtown, Ky.

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United Airlines says the passenger who was violently dragged off one of its planes refused to leave after no one volunteered to give up their seat on the overbooked flight. Officers were then brought on board to assist with removing him .

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According to publicly available state licensing records reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Dao has a history of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, for which he has received treatment. A 2011 psychological evaluation of Dao concluded that he "lacked the foundation to navigate difficult situations, both inter-personally and in a complex profession."

That evaluation also said Dao has struggled with "poor decision-making" and a "lack of awareness around his personality and relational issues." The records said Dao had been previously cited by a hospital in the 2000s for "disruptive conduct" and was ordered to seek evaluation for "anger management" issues. In 2002, another doctor wrote that Dao sometimes "unilaterally chose to do his own thing."

But another psychological evaluation administered in 2013 concluded that Dao "emotionally was free of debilitating anxiety, depression, or psychological turmoil to the extent that it would affect his ability to function in activities of daily living or manage the practice of medicine."

Regulators cleared Dao to return to medical practice in 2015, in which he was initially restricted to working one day a week, supervised by another doctor.

The Times has been unable to reach Dao for his version of events.

The Chicago Department of Aviation suspended a security officer involved in the incident, the handling of which "was not in accordance with our standard operating procedure," the department said in a statement.

The department did not respond to The Times' requests for the officer's name and service history.

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