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  • 19 January 2014, 15:13

Asiana Airlines Crash Passengers Sue Boeing

A group of passengers on the Asiana Airlines flight that crash-landed in San Francisco last summer are suing Boeing, it has emerged.

About 80 of the plane's 291 passengers who survived the fatal crash are claiming some of the equipment on the Boeing 777 was defective.

Three Chinese schoolgirls were killed and 180 passengers were injured when Asiana Flight 214 came down on July 6.

The tail was knocked off and the fuselage of the plane burst into flames as passengers were fleeing down escape chutes.

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

The personal injury lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court, Illinois, on Friday.

The lawsuit alleges that because some of the equipment was improperly installed, or was defective, the pilots did not receive adequate warnings about low airspeed.

The suit says that Boeing knew or should have known its 777 passenger jet did not have inadequate auto-throttle control and low airspeed warning systems, according to the Chicago Tribune newspaper.

All of those who are named on the lawsuit were injured and were left with "pain and suffering, disability, mental anguish, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, medical treatment, loss of income, and medical expenses" it says.

Boeing has yet to comment.

A lawsuit was previously launched against Boeing by three San Francisco Bay families who claimed that the air giant failed to provide adequate training for pilots in South Korea.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated. 

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