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Originally published Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:18 PM

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More than 80 in SFO crash sue Boeing

Injured passengers in San Francisco crash accuse Boeing of negligent plane design and inadequate pilot training in a lawsuit filed Friday in Chicago.


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Boeing is being sued by more than 80 passengers on an Asiana Airlines jet that crashed in July at San Francisco. The passengers claim the airplane maker is liable for their injuries due to an inadequate airspeed-warning system and poor training.

The Boeing-made 777-200ER slammed into a seawall at the foot of a runway at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), losing its tail section and bursting into flames as it pinwheeled onto the tarmac. Three of the 307 people aboard died in the July 6 crash.

The injured passengers accuse Boeing of negligent plane design and inadequate pilot training in their complaint, filed Friday in Illinois state court in Chicago, where Boeing is based.

The lawsuit alleges that some equipment on the plane was improperly installed or defective, resulting in inadequate warnings for the pilots about low airspeed. Boeing also is accused of providing inadequate training to 777 pilots at its training facility near South Korea’s Gimpo International Airport in Seoul. Asiana is based in South Korea.

“The airplane came into SFO too low and too slowly,” the passengers said, referring to the San Francisco airport. “The crash caused passengers, including plaintiffs, to be violently thrown about the cabin.”

Two other injured passengers sued Asiana and Boeing in San Francisco federal court in July. At least seven passengers sued Boeing in Chicago state court in September.

Aircraft-accident deaths fell to a 10-year low in 2013, with 224 deaths involving large commercial planes compared with 703 annually on average from 2003 to 2012. Last year, there were 17 aircraft accidents worldwide involving such planes, compared with a yearly average of 27, the European Aviation Safety Agency said this month.

The plaintiffs seek unspecified money damages. John Dern, a Boeing spokesman, declined to comment on the suit or its accusations.



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