Asiana Passengers Sue Airline
Lawsuits have already been filed over the crash landing by the Asiana passengers of an Aisana Airlines flight in San Francisco, an accident that killed three people and injured dozens of others.
In U.S. District Court in San Francisco earlier this week, Younga Jun Machorro, 41, filed suit on behalf of herself and her son, Benjamin Hyo-Ik Machorro, 8, against Asiana, a South Korean airline, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
She and her son were among the Asiana passengers aboard Flight 214 , which crashed at San Francisco International Airport July 6. The lawsuit seeks $5 million in damages from Boeing, with Machorro alleging that she and her son were injured. The Mercury News said.
Machorro claims that she sustained damage to the ligaments and tendons in her back and neck, which has prevented her from going back to her job as a foreign language instructor.
Then in Chicago this week, a group of 83 Asiana passengers who were aboard the doomed Asiana flight filed a class action suit against Boeing, which manufactured the jet that crashed, according to Yahoo. Boeing is based in Chicago.
That lawsuit, which Yahoo said seeks millions of dollars in damages, raises several liability issues against Boeing. One is that a mechanical problem may have caused the crash. Second is that the jet’s sliding escape ramps deployed inside the plane, injuring passengers and blocking their emergency exit. Lastly, seatbelts didn’t easily open, forcing police to give crew members knives so they could cut the belts so passengers could flee the burning fuselage, Yahoo reported.
The plane “clipped” a seawall, Yahoo reported, then skidded and burst into flames the day of the accident. The Chicago suit will be expanded to name Asuana as a defendant, according to Yahoo.