Asiana Crash Victims Sue Boeing for Damages

Victims of the crash of Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco Airport in July last year are suing plane manufacturer Boeing for damages.

About 80 passengers who were aboard the flight that crash-landed last summer filed the lawsuit last Friday with the Circuit Court of Cook County in Illinois, where Boeing headquarters is located, CNN reported.

The lawsuit alleges that some equipment on the plane was improperly installed or defective, resulting in inadequate warnings for the pilots about low airspeed. It claims Boeing "was aware that its low airspeed warning system was inadequate."

"As a result of the crash, each of the plaintiffs sustained injuries, including but not limited to, bodily injury and resulting pain and suffering, disability, mental anguish, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, medical treatment, loss of income, and medical expenses," the lawsuit adds.

Monica Kelly, an attorney for Chicago-based Ribbeck Law Chartered, said, "We are asking for damages to be paid to the passengers and asking the court to hold Boeing partially liable."

The law firm is preparing to sue Asiana too.

Three people were killed and about 180 others hurt as a result of the crash-landing of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 carrying 307 passengers on July 6 last year.

The U.S. has no formal system of compensation, resulting in an ever-growing legal industry focused on finding out not so much who was at fault but who can pay.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 20, 2014 11:57 KST