The officers who forcibly removed Dr. David Dao from a United Airlines flight earlier this month said the passenger responded in an “aggressive manner” when he was ordered to deplane and flailed his arms as responders attempted to extricate him from his seat, according to a Chicago Department of Aviation incident report obtained by ABC News on Monday.
Dao — a 69-year-old physician from Kentucky who was involuntarily bumped to make room for United crewmembers en route to another job — allegedly acted “violently” and yelled, “I am not leaving this flight that I paid money for. I don’t care if I get arrested,” when the responding officers tried to persuade him to exit the aircraft, according to the incident report, which was released in response to a public records request.
In a supplemental incident report, also obtained Monday by ABC News, another officer said that Dao’s “combative” arm-swinging made the officers lose their grip on him, causing him to fall and hit his mouth on the armrest across from him. Dao’s attorney, Thomas Demetrio, has since said the doctor suffered a broken nose, injury to his sinuses, concussion, and lost two front teeth.
According to a hospitalization report filed by Chicago police and obtained by ABC-owned station WLS, Dao and his wife had initially “expressed interest” in taking United up on their offer to re-accommodate passengers on a later flight in exchange for an $800 voucher, but later “declined after learning they were not guaranteed a flight later this evening.”
The couple was later informed they’d been selected by the computer to surrender their seats. When they refused to deplane, a United supervisor called aviation security officials.
Eventually, a plainclothes officer pulled Dao from his seat and removed him “by dragging him due to the fact that the subject would not stand up,” according to the supplemental report.
According to the plainclothes officer’s personnel file, obtained by ABC News, he had just…