WATCH THE VIDEO: DRAGGED UNITED AIRLINES PASSENGER DR. DAO'S LAWYERS AND HIS DAUGHTER CYSTAL DAO
Crystal in her statement praised her father and said the family’s life has been turned upside down as a result of the United situation.
“My dad is a wonderful father. He has raised with my mother five great children. He is a loving grandfather…. our lives have been interrupted. Our normalcy is not where it was on Sunday morning,” Crystal Dao Pepper said.
Crystal Dao said at the press conference, “on behalf of my dad and my entire family, we would like to express our gratitude for the huge outpouring of prayers, concern and love that we have received from all over the world throughout these few days.” She also thanked the hospital staff “who have taken care of my dad.”
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Dao, a 69-year-old Kentucky resident, has an attorney who filed the first legal salvo in the incident on April 12.
The legal document that represents the first public action in the case was filed in Cook County Circuit Court because the incident occurred while the United flight was sitting in Chicago, at O’Hare airport.
The petition says that David A.D. Dao was a passenger on United Express Flight No. 3411, scheduled to fly from Chicago’s O’Hare airport to Louisville, Kentucky.
“After being duly processed by the ticket agent, checked in by the attendant, and seated in his assigned passenger seat, Petitioner was forcibly dragged and removed from the said aircraft by City employees, sustaining personal injury,” the legal filing says.
The respondents were listed as the City of Chicago, which operates the airport, and United Airlines, which operated Flight No. 3411.
The lawsuit is asking in the court order that the following be preserved and protected: All surveillance video recordings depicting the boarding of the plane’s passengers on April 9, 2017, the day in question.
It also seeks preservation of the cockpit voice recording, passenger list, employee and crew list, all incident reports prepared by the respondents, the protocol of United Airlines “in force and effect for the removal of passengers from commercial aircraft” and “the personnel files of the Aviation Department police who removed Petitioner from the plane.”
The petition, which was signed by attorney Thomas A. Demetrio, stated that the preservation of the items is needed because Dao “currently has no access to them and believes that serious prejudice will inure to the Petitioner if said relief is not granted.”
The attorney for United passenger David Dao is a “high-powered personal injury lawyer” who has been involved in many prominent lawsuits, including those involving airplane crashes, The Chicago Tribune reports.
The other attorneys involved in the petition are Edward G. Willer and Stephen L. Golan are the other atttorneys involved in the petition.
Demetrio has made millions representing plaintiffs in airline disasters and other personal injury cases.
On Tuesday, attorneys for Dr. Dao issued a statement on behalf of the doctor and his family.
"The family of Dr. Dao wants the world to know that they are very appreciative of the outpouring of prayers, concern and support they have received. Currently, they are focused only on Dr. Dao's medical care and treatment," said Chicago attorney Stephen Golan of Golan Christie Taglia, adding that Dao's family has asked for privacy.
Dao, is also represented by Chicago aviation attorney Thomas Demetrio of Corboy & Demetrio.