Betty Pina has filed suit against Alaska Airlines in Washington State Superior Court. Paul Engelien (right) has been appointed in Pina’s case, but not as a defendant.
Alaska Airlines told Fox News that the man, a senior pilot accused of drugging and raping a woman first officer on an overnight trip in June 2017, has been grounded as new details in Betty ‘Pina’ s lawsuit against the carrier, and the irate supporters call for a boycott of the airline.
The pilot, identified in the court documents and confirmed by the airline as Paul Engelien “is not flying and is taken from the line immediately after learning of the incident,” company spokeswoman Ann Johnson told Fox News by e-mail Thursday, adding: “it is our policy to deny an employee the work in this kind of research.”
While declining to comment on the investigation or lawsuit, Johnson said: “What we can say is that we take this matter seriously. The safety and well-being of our employees and guests is a top priority.”
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On March 14, lawyers Eric Makus, and Lincoln Beauregard, a representative of Pina in the State of Washington, Superior Court, confirmed to Fox News that the 39-year-old Seattle-based woman had filed a lawsuit against the airline on February 15, which was served March 15.
On March 14, lawyers Eric Makus, and Lincoln Beauregard, lawyers represent Pina in the State of Washington, Superior Court, confirmed to Fox News that the 39-year-old Seattle-based woman filed lawsuit against the airline.
According to the report cited in the lawsuit, provided to Fox News, Pina, a distinguished Army helicopter pilot who flew missions in Afghanistan, claims that she was attacked by Paul Engelien, a 50-year-old captain, during a three-day mission from Anchorage to Seattle to Minneapolis. It was the first time that Pina, who has been employed by the airline since 2016, meet married Nevada resident, who is a veteran with the airline, the suit states.
Engelien is mentioned in the Pina’s case, but not as a defendant.
According to witnesses in the lawsuit, at their first meeting on June 4, Pina and Engelien “very good” to “a lot of military speak,” Pina “more comfortable.” Engelien soon invited Pina on a walk and asked if she wanted to speak to the daughter of a friend of the family, was learning to fly. On 5 June, the suit claims Engelien told Pina that the Minneapolis hotel where the crew would continue to had a concierge room, “where the crews hang out,” the offering of wine and pizza for $11.
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When Pina arrived, she had her “first glass of wine without any problem,” and Engelien then “brought her a second glass of wine,” Pina began “having a hard time keeping her head up, and things seemed to be closed.” According to the report, Pina usually feel drunk after three or four glasses of wine, not two.
Engelien allegedly again took Pina’s glass for a refill, and “the next thing she remembers is waking up and is drawn on her right ankle.” She remembers that she said “No” before rolling over to her side, realizing she was in Engelien’s bedroom, and that she was naked from the waist down. She soon became a “very shocked” to find her underwear with zipper in her purse, as he told her that she and Engelien ‘in the same bed,” that was vomit on the plates as “the other bed [did] not look as if anyone had laid.”
Pina is “furious” that her alleged perpetrator remained in the service of Alaska Airlines in the aftermath of her complaint.
“We are f—ed. We are f—ed, I missed a call from the FODO at 10:47 pm” she claims she heard Engelien say. The captain received a message that a flight attendant had seen him walk through the hotel hall “with a girl and two glasses of wine” and didn’t feel comfortable flying with him.
According to the report, Pina went to her room and realized that “the disease is not a male.” After promptly vomiting when taking her birth control pill the following morning, she felt “foggy” as “her stomach hurt the worst.”
“When Mrs. Pina challenged Mr. Engelien as to what had happened, he denied any sexual contact, saying: “You are coming at me pretty hard,” the complaint alleges. Pina is then taken out of “active flight crew,” and only recently returned to full duty. Her attorney Makus told ABC News that she did not report to the police on the attack in Minneapolis, but has knowledge of the Air Line Pilots Association on June 7, two days after it allegedly took place.
“The best of Ms. Pina’s knowledge,” Engelien is still in service with Alaska Airlines and continues to be a threat to the other employees,” the report said. Further, in the case that not only Engelien’s actions as the supervisory official on the flight “constitute violations of Washington Laws Against Discrimination, sexual assault and negligence”, but also that Alaska Airlines is liable for his actions.
For her part, Pina is “furious” that Engelien remained in the service of Alaska Airlines in the aftermath of her complaint.
“I worry about everything I’ve ever worked,” Pina told the Seattle Times of her fears of the incident that her 17-year career in the aviation industry. “I’m not married, I have no children. My career is my Number 1.”
Meanwhile, support for the “courageous” Pina is growing on the social media.
@AlaskaAir Unless you publicly interact with your Pilot/Rapist Paul Engelien, I, my family and all of our employees will stop using @AlaskaAir. Support Betty Pina!
— Daniel Hart (@chaoops123) March 14, 2018
Do the right thing @AlaskaAir…not to defend and to support Betty Pina gives the impression that you encourage sexual assault & cover-ups. Remove the defendant “a predator pilot” & resolve this issue immediately https://t.co/ruPdfEPCgo
— SisterResister2 (@SisterResister2) March 14, 2018
You are courageous, Betty Pina. https://t.co/1ccSm2O5kE
— ?susıə? (@_LilyOaks_) March 15, 2018
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“Unless you are out in public dealing with your Pilot/Rapist Paul Engelien, I, my family and all of our employees will stop using @AlaskaAir. Support Betty Pina!” a user wrote.
“The removal of the defendant “a predator pilot” & resolve this issue immediately,” another chastised the airline.
“My hope is that by me doing this, it may protect other women,” Pina said. “How many victims are there? I’m perhaps not the first case, but I hope that I have the latest. It is time to take responsibility. The culture needs to change. We can’t sweep this under the carpet any longer.”
The Air Line Pilots Association not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.
Phone calls and e-mails to Engelien were not returned.
Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter via @JaninePuhak