Lawsuit: Oakland Firefighter Rolled Fire Truck at Airport to Avoid Plane

A veteran Oakland firefighter rolled his fire truck at the Oakland International Airport last year because he was swerving to avoid a wayward airplane during a drill, according to a lawsuit he filed Wednesday, reports

Mitchell Ow, 56, says in the lawsuit filed in Alameda County Superior Court that the Port of Oakland, which operates the airport, “allowed an aircraft to enter an area where a known fire-safety drill was taking place” on June 24, 2014.

As a result, Ow had to make an “sudden maneuver in order to avoid a collision with said aircraft,” the suit says. “In so doing, the vehicle he was in was caused to tip, thereby causing his severe personal injuries.”

Ow’s attorney, Steven Bell said the plane was a private jet whose pilot had not been told about the drill by the control tower.

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