A group of passengers who were aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport last summer filed a personal injury lawsuit against Boeing Friday alleging that negligence by the company contributed to the crash.
Boeing knew or should have known its 777 passenger jet had inadequate auto-throttle control and low airspeed warning systems, according to the suit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court by the Chicago-based firm Ribbeck Law Chartered.
The suit also contends Boeing knew or should have known the airline’s pilots weren’t properly trained in basic landing and safety management protocols, and that the pilots of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 weren’t qualified to fly on July 6, 2013.
Roughly 100 plaintiffs, many of them South Korean or Chinese nationals, are listed on the lawsuit. There were 307 people aboard the airplane when it crashed.
The plaintiff’s attorneys could not be reached. A Boeing spokesman reached Friday night said the manufacturer had no comment on the lawsuit.
The wide-body commercial airliner tumbled across a San Francisco runway last July 6. Three passengers were killed and more than 180 were injured. Other lawsuits have previously been filed in the case.
The National Transportation Safety Board has said Asiana pilots told investigators they realized the approach speed was low and set the auto-throttle to correct it but realized too late that the aircraft speed never increased.
The lawsuit filed Friday claims that “The design of the auto-throttle control systems, the auto-pilot control systems, and/or the low airspeed warning systems on the subject aircraft, their improper installation, and/or their defects, resulted in dangerously inadequate warnings to pilots about low airspeed, a common cause of airplane crashes.”
Boeing retrofitted hundreds of its 737 jetliners with low airspeed warning systems that give audible commands after a 2009 Turkish Airlines crash, the lawsuit says.
“Yet Boeing has not installed such systems in its 777 aircraft,” the suit alleges.
Furthermore, the lawsuit alleges Boeing “failed to adequately train Asiana’s pilots” in its South Korean 777 training facility.
“Boeing knew or should have known that the training procedures for Asiana pilots were not up to par, and were putting passengers’ lives at risk,” the lawsuit alleges.
The lawsuit demands a jury trial, and seeks unspecified damages.
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