David Dao & United Airlines Reach Settlement In Plane Incident

David Dao (Twitter/Instagram)

Just weeks after the disturbing incident occurred, United Airlines passenger Dr. David Dao and his attorneys have reached a settlement with the company.

Dao’s attorneys from the firm Corby & Demetrio released a statement April 27 saying that the two parties have come to an agreement on a monetary settlement that is considered “amicable.”

However, one of the provisions of the settlement made by United is that the monetary amount be kept confidential. Dao and his attorneys agreed to the provision.

Dao’s attorney Thomas A. Demetrio praised United CEO Oscar Munoz, saying that the airline has taken “full responsibility for what happened on the flight.”

See below for the full statement released by the law firm:



Video of Dao being forcibly removed from the April 9 United flight from Chicago to Louisville went viral almost immediately and led to widespread criticism of the airline and its way of handling the situation.

In the video shot by passengers aboard the plane, three security officers speak with Dao before one of them yanks him into an aisle and drags him down toward the exit.

Before being pulled by the arm, Dao lets out an audible scream and appeared to be bloodied. He returned to the plane a few minutes later and clutched to drapery in the back while blood streamed down his face.

Watch two different angles from the removal in the video below:


United Airlines Passenger Forcibly Removed on Overbooked FlightFind us on http://www.facebook.com/flightorg. On the 9th April, 2017, a man was forcibly removed from United Airlines Flight 3411 in Chicago, set for Louisville. While we'd normally say that until we have all the information, we have no information at all, the United response tends to confirm the incident as described by passengers. United Airlines said that … "Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked. After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate. We apologize for the overbook situation." http://www.flght.org http://www.facebook.com/flightorg http://www.twitter.com/flightorg2017-04-10T12:34:49.000Z


Dao and his wife were two of four people randomly selected by United leave the plane because it needed room for four crew members. He refused to leave the plane multiple times, saying he had clients to meet in the morning in Louisville.

United has since apologized numerous times for the way it happened.

Dao’s attorneys said in an April 13 press conference that he suffered a concussion, a broken nose and the loss of his two front teeth because of the incident.

Dao and his attorneys had threatened to sue United, however were willing to work with the company on a settlement, which was worked out in three-and-a-half weeks.