Asiana Crash Passengers Plan to Sue Boeing, Asiana

      July 18, 2013 13:18

      Eighty-three passengers who were aboard Asiana Flight 214 that crashed in San Francisco are poised to sue Boeing, which manufactured the B777-200 aircraft, as well as the airline, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

      Chicago-based law firm Ribbeck Law Chartered in a press release said it submitted a court petition seeking evidence involving the crash.

      The evidence the lawyers seek involves information about the design team of the B777-200 and the manufacturer that produced the autothrottle and escape slide systems, data on the glide slope at San Francisco International Airport, which guides aircraft to land, and any records of aircraft maintenance and repairs.

      The law firm also asked that no tests be conducted that could damage the remains of the plane. The petition is a precursor to a full lawsuit against Boeing, the law firm said, adding it plans to take legal action against both Asiana and the component manufacturers.

      It said information released so far about the investigation appeared to show that "mechanical malfunction of the autothrottle may have caused the crash, which killed three passengers and injured more than 180." 

      Ribbeck Law said it also wants to look into whether evacuation slides inflating inward and seat belts trapping passengers exacerbated injuries. The law firm said it hired a veteran investigator from the Canadian transportation safety board to advise it.

      Meanwhile, the NTSB said Monday it has wrapped up its on-site investigation at San Francisco International Airport and now wants to probe the emergency slide and other components and conduct additional interviews.

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