Etihad, the flag airline of the United Arab Emirates, has been accused by a British former pilot of spiriting one of his colleagues out of America in breach of his bail conditions following an alleged drunken rampage in a Chicago hotel.
Martin Baylay...claims he was viciously attacked by an Etihad co-pilot, Saravdeep Mann, two years ago. Mr Mann is alleged to have set about the Briton with a bronze sculpture while yelling: “I’m going to kill you. You f***ing British bastard.”
The alleged assault during a stopover in October 2013 led to Mr Mann leaving the airline. But the incident is now the subject of a damages claim in which Mr Baylay alleges that Etihad knew Mr Mann had alcohol problems and executives arranged in the aftermath of the incident for Mr Mann to be taken out of America despite knowing that the pilot faced criminal charges.
In papers laid before a Chicago court, Mr Baylay, 55, claims that the Abu Dhabi-based carrier had Mr Mann collected from the police station in the city where he was taken after his arrest and changed its flight schedule in order to return him to his home in the Gulf emirate. . .
Martyn Baylay is represented by Craig M. Sandberg with Muslin & Sandberg.
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