Plane-fall tycoon in £200k lawsuit to pay for looking after Ferrari fleet

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Motor mad Carmelo Labbadia, 76, fractured a hip and shoulder in the fall as he descended from an Alitalia jet at Milan airport in Italy four years ago.

He said he can “no longer attend to” his three beloved sports cars – including a Ferrari – due to the after-effects of the accident.

Mr Labbadia, from Stanford-Le-Hope, Essex, said he had been forced to take on a specialist mechanic to maintain his motors.

He has also had to hire a cleaner and gardener, his lawyer’s told the High Court in London.

Mr Labbadia now walks with a limp, has undergone a shoulder replacement and may need a new hip, said his barrister Lionel Stride.

The classic car enthusiast was on a business trip from London Heathrow to Milan when he fell.

“He slipped on a combination of ice and snow that had accumulated on the uncovered stairs causing him to fall headfirst to the ground and to sustain serious bodily injury,” Mr Stride said.

“He can no longer attend to the cars which he was passionate about.”

Mr Labbadia’s major interest before the accident was his sports cars.

He said he has suffered “significant post accident restrictions to his daily and leisure activities” and no longer has full use of his right arm.

The passenger is seeking damages from the airline claiming he would not have slipped had the aircraft steps been covered.

Alitalia denies liability for his injuries.

The airline does not accept he slipped on ice or snow and say even if he did he should have taken more care whilst walking.

“Meteorological conditions cannot be considered an unusual or unexpected event in air travel,” the airline’s lawyers said

Mr Labbadia’s fall did not amount to an “accident” because the presence of snow was not an “unexpected event”.

Judge Margaret Obi reserved her ruling to a later date.

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