2002-09-14 / Front Page

Truck Driver Sues

Airline Over 587 Crash
By Howard Schwach

By Howard Schwach

A West Islip man whose truck was parked at the Bulloch Texaco Gas Station on Beach 129 Street in Belle Harbor when the engine from American Airlines Flight 587 dropped into the station is suing the airline, claiming that he suffered both physical and psychological damage because of the incident.

Edwin DeVito, 37, was delivering gasoline to the Texaco station when the engine of the airliner dropped nearby his truck. The plane then crashed into Beach 130 Street and Newport Avenue, killing all aboard and five people on the ground.

"He was no more than a few feet from his truck when he heard a tremendous explosion and a large engine fell from the sky," his lawyer told reporters. "He thought that the world was coming to an end."

The lawsuit claims that the airline was negligent in the "operation, maintenance and control of the aircraft."

DiVito reportedly was thrown to the ground and sustained psychological damage when the engine hit nearby his truck. He said in the suit that his back was injured and that he has reoccurring nightmares from his experience.

DeVito joins approximately 200 others who have filed suit against the airline in connection with the flight 587 crash.


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