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Obese NY traveller dies awaiting plane big enough to fly home

Published on Nov 28, 2012 7:19 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - A hugely obese New York woman visiting her native Hungary died while trying to find a plane to fly her home, and her family is reportedly suing airlines that had baulked, citing her size.

Janos Soltesz and his wife Vilma, an ill woman from the Bronx, visited their native Hungary but could not get back in October when Delta and KLM said that, at more than 180kg, she was too large to fit in a seat.

The Soltesz couple first tried to fly with KLM from Budapest, but were told to try a larger plane provided by KLM partner Delta in Prague, again with no success. She tried once more, this time with Lufthansa. But they, too, said it was impossible.

By the time a suitable plane had been found, nine days after her original flight, Vilma Soltesz, 56, had died, CBS reported. Janos Soltesz is suing the airlines for US$6 million (S$7.3 million), CBS reported.

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