Asiana plane crash

Chinese survivors of Asiana crash file claim against Boeing

Claim comes six months after Asiana Airlines Flight 214 slammed into a seawall at the end of a runway when landing at San Francisco International Airport in July last year

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 January, 2014, 5:05pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 January, 2014, 2:40pm

Some 80 Chinese survivors of the Asiana plane crash in San Francisco have filed a class-action suit with more than 50 others against Boeing, the maker of the 777 aircraft they were travelling in. Each is suing Boeing for about US$50,000 in compensation, the Beijing-based China Youth Daily reported on Wednesday.

The legal action comes six months after Asiana Airlines Flight 214 hit a seawall at the end of a runway during final approach for landing at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, leaving three dead and hundreds injured.

The three deceased were Chinese students attending summer camps in US. All told, 304 of the 307 people on board survived the disaster.

Monica Kelly, a Chicago-based lawyer who filed the claim in an Illinois court, told the Daily that the aircraft in question had "flaws in design", and Boeing had failed to provide the Asiana pilots with "sufficient training".

The parents of one victim Ye Mengyuan, a teenage girl from China who was allegedly run over and killed by two emergency vehicles belonging to the San Francisco Fire Department, earlier filed a claim against the city of San Francisco.  

Attorneys for the parents  said in legal forms that  firefighters who first saw the girl after the crash should have examined her and moved her somewhere safe, according to a report by the Associated Press.

An autopsy has revealed Mengyuan was alive before the vehicles hit her.

Watch: How the Ye Mengyuan tragedy unfolded

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. The US National Transportation Safety Board earlier said it did not find the plane had any mechanical problems during a preliminary review. But the pilots and Asiana have raised the possibility that a key device that controls a Boeing 777’s speed may have malfunctioned.

Boeing declined to comment on Wednesday.

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