Airline completely destroys precious 17th-century string instrument
5 January 2018, 17:09
The instrument’s owner made a complaint about the damage on Facebook, which the airline subsequently deleted.
The owner of a Lewis viola da gamba has published images on Facebook of her broken instrument, which was smashed during a flight with Italian airline Alitalia.
Myrna Herzog, who is a member of Phoenix Early Music Society, was given a document at the end of her trip informing her that the 17th-century instrument was broken. The damage came after Alitalia promised to only handle the instrument by hand.
Myrna is urging people to share her post on Facebook:
She later posted a second set of images, showing the instrument before and after the flight, along with the document she was given on landing:
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