Lawsuit filed in US court against Malaysia Airlines, Boeing

The ill-fated Malaysian flight disappeared from radar screen nearly an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on March 8.

Kuala Lumpur | Published:March 26, 2014 6:15 pm
The Beijing-bound Boeing 777-200 Flight MH370 of Malaysia Airlines that went missing had 239 people aboard. (AP) The Beijing-bound Boeing 777-200 Flight MH370 of Malaysia Airlines that went missing had 239 people aboard. (AP)

The Malaysia Airlines and Boeing are facing a “multi-million dollar” lawsuit in the US after a law firm sought documents related to possible design or mechanical defects that could have led to the crash of a flight carrying 239 people.

The lawsuit was filed by Chicago-based Ribbeck Law Chartered on Tuesday in a court in Illinois on behalf of Januari Siregar, father of a passenger onboard the Beijing-bound Flight MH370.

“We believe that both defendants named are responsible for the disaster of Flight MH370,” the firm said in a statement released here.

“It is extremely important for the victims we represent that all responsible parties are brought to justice without exceptions,” the statement said, quoting its head of aviation litigation Monica Kelly.

“We must find what caused the aircraft to crash and demand that the problems with the airline and the aircraft’s design and manufacturing are immediately resolved to avoid future tragedies,” Kelly said.

The law firm said it plans to build a multi-million dollar suit against the airline and Boeing, reported CNN.

Representatives of the firm have been here for the past few days and have met family members to discuss details of the lawsuit, Star newspaper quoted sources as saying.

The ill-fated Malaysian flight disappeared from radar screen nearly an hour after taking off from here on March 8.

On Monday, Malaysia said an analysis of satellite data indicates the plane crashed into the southern Indian Ocean.

Boeing, the manufacturers of the 777-200 aircraft, has faced a number of lawsuits in the past.

The most recent one was also filed in an Illinois court in January this year by a group of passengers who were aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crash-landed in San Francisco on July 6 last year. Three persons were killed and more than 180 others were hurt in the mishap.

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    Mar 27, 2014 at 4:17 pm
    CNN just interviewed a mouthpiece for the aviation insurance business, Mark A Dombroff, who complained about the peion filed in a Illinois court seeking disclosure of MH370 investigative information on behalf of one victim's family. It would be better if federal courts intervened in this case because in the past lawyers like Mr. Dombroff and his clients have used their industry's "regulatory capture" (:en.wikipedia/wiki/R... of Malaysian, UK and US federal agencies (DCA, AAIB, FAA, NTSB) to destroy evidence and cover-up evidence showing the underlying causes for the aviation disasters they were entrusted to investigate. Involvement of a US federal court in the beginning of man-made m disasters like MH370 will give victims' families standing to pursue fraud upon a federal court actions (Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b)) if insurance defense lawyers like Domdroff, their clients or industry captured government officials conceal or destroy evidence (or aid and abet these criminal acts) in an investigative phase that is overseen by a federal court. One example in which the DCA, AAIB, FAA/NTSB partited in a cover-up of 12 negligent homicides was the cover-up of a DuPont/Conoco corporate pilot's alcoholism that recently uncovered evidence shows was the proximate cause of the 1991 crash of a DuPont/Conoco corporate jet (N204C) in Malaysia. See :Iran-Conoco-Affair.US and :iran-conoco-affair.us/I....
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