June 19, 2007
The famous hockey player Pavel Bure filed a lawsuit against the largest British airline British Airways because he was thrown out of the plane. The pilot had mistaken Bure for a soccer hooligan and flatly refused to lift the airplane in the air with suspicious passenger on board.
The police had to withdraw Pavel Bure from the flight. Now hockey player is asking British Airways 20 million dollars for moral compensation, said his lawyer Dmitry Ragulin.
The lawsuit was filed after six months, because we couldn't solve it peacefully. The airline did not fulfill its obligations under a contract of transportation service. My client was forced to file a suit in Tverskoy District Court of Moscow.
The incident occurred on October 31. My client was forced to leave the plane, fly another flight in Economy class and it took him over 24 hours to reach the final destination (Los Angeles). The lawsuit is first and foremost about the compensation for moral harm because we have not received any apology from the airline. All that we have received is the letter expressing regret over the incident and a hope that our client would use the airline in the future.
Update June 20th, 2007
Bure may withdraw a lawsuit against the airline
According to news agency "Ves Sport", Pavel Bure's lawyer Dmitry Ragulin said that the decision on whether to pursue a legal action against British Airways, after the latter issued a formal apology for the incident, will be taken after consultations with his client.
"I've read the official statement by British Airways where the airline issued an apology to my client," said Dmitry Ragulin. In particular there was a lot of talk about soccer fans flying the day before. But one can only wonder, why Pavel Bure? What is the relation between celebrity and soccer fans who were swinging the aircraft? So far we have not received the answer to this question.
The police who arrived to the scene found nothing wrong with my client's behavior and did not even make a record. I will consult with Pavel, and, of course, if the so-called "apology" will satisfy him, we may withdraw a lawsuit. In any event, this is only a first step on the part of British Airways, and we expect it will be followed by other steps."
Update June 21, 2007
According to RIA Novosti, it was not 20 million dollars (SovSport.ru: 20 млн долларов), but 20 million rubles...