A woman is suing Alaska Airlines after her mom accidentally goes down an escalator at Portland International Airport in her wheelchair. In this video, (which I warn you is terrifying) Bernice Kekona who is seat-belted to her wheelchair tumbled and crashed down an escalator.
Disturbing Video Wheelchair Passenger Falls Down Escalator
Inside the terminal at Portland International Airport, Bernice Kekona — seat-belted to her wheelchair — tumbled and crashed down an escalator, landing near the bottom with the heavy chair on top of her.
The then 74-year-old woman was heading back to Spokane after a month-long trip to Maui, a trip she makes once per year to visit her family and her former home. But instead of getting on a flight, she headed to a Portland trauma center for medical attention. Three months later, a day after she had her right leg amputated below the knee due to an infected wound she suffered in the fall.
The family is seeking reparation for damages, expenses, and any “further relief as the court may deem just and proper” resulting from Bernice’s eventually fatal fall.
This is certainly a disturbing video. It seems strange that she would be at the airport without someone from the airport (or airline) to push her wheelchair to her gate. Kudos to the passengers who try to help her.