A DAMAGES action against airlines about deep vein thrombosis (DVT) has been blocked by a High Court judge.

The ruling was a blow for a group of 55 survivors of DVT, including a Bury woman, and relatives of those who died who are seeking damages from 27 carriers over an alleged breach of duty of care.

Brenda Payne, of Bury, was attempting to bring an action against British Airways and China Airlines.

Mr Justice Nelson, sitting in London, gave his decision in the contested preliminary issue of whether DVT can be an accident under the terms of the 1929 Warsaw Convention.

His ruling against the compensation bid came hours after an Australian court cleared the way for another group of passengers to sue airlines in a similar case.

Justice Nelson said: "I am satisfied that it is appropriate for the line to be drawn. The line should be drawn now."