Passengers sue after surviving fatal air accident
A group of 83 passengers from the Asiana Airlines flight that crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport earlier this month has launched legal action against Boeing, the plane's manufacturer, alleging that their injuries were exacerbated by seatbelts and collapsing seats.
Asiana flight 214 from Shanghai via Seoul had more than 300 people on board, including 291 passengers, when the 777 dropped short of the runway, striking a sea wall and slamming on to the tarmac. Three people were killed and more than 180 injured.
Though the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is still in the early stages of a lengthy investigation into the causes of the crash, on Monday law firm Ribbeck Law Chartered filed a "petition for discovery" in a court in Chicago, where Boeing is based.
Ribbeck attorney Monica R Kelly said that several of the passengers represented by her firm suffered broken limbs, brain trauma or serious back injuries in the crash.
The NTSB investigation has so far focused on the actions of the Asiana flight crew in the minutes leading up to the landing. But the petition calls on Boeing to surrender plane maintenance records, as well as design, manufacturing and safety information, beginning the legal route to a lawsuit against the manufacturer.