United Airlines to testify at hearing over dragging incident

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The House's Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which oversees aviation policy, will hold a hearing to probe just what happened on United Flight 3411.

A United Airlines Boeing 737-800 and United Airlines A320 Airbus on seen approach to San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California, April 14, 2015.

The panel's chairman, Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and top Democrat, Rep. Peter DeFazio of OR, jointly announced their plan Wednesday.

United Airlines is not firing a single employee over the controversy involving Dr. David Dao, the passenger forcefully dragged out of his seat because his flight was "overbooked".

No witnesses or precise date was announced, but the hearing comes after a drumbeat of concern from members of Congress.

There will be no one fired as a result of United Airline's worst crisis, CEO Oscar Munoz said.

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The firefighter was taken to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in serious condition and later died, sources said. The dead FDNY member "fell off the roof and died for nothing", the source told the Daily News.

Based on United's response, however, it will likely be sometime next month.

His lawyers said he plans to sue the airline.

The airline also faces a Thursday deadline from the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee to answer detailed questions about the incident. Those on the House of Representatives committee were already pressing federal regulators for a thorough investigation last week.

Davis, a transportation committee member, co-authored a provision a year ago that requires airlines to seat children age 13 or younger next to an adult or older child traveling with them.

Last week, video of the passenger being forcibly removed from his seat on a Chicago-Louisville flight by police officers went viral on Chinese social media, becoming the hottest topic on Weibo with over 1 billion views and 360,000 comments. The company operates more nonstop US-China flights than any other airline, including flights to five Chinese cities, handling about 20% of US-China traffic.

Specifically, Blumenthal called on Chao to look into whether airlines are offering passengers the full amount of compensation for bumping allowed by law, airline overbooking and bumping practices, and whether airlines employees are being properly trained about passengers' rights.

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