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Asiana passengers in crash sue Boeing

AFP-JIJI

A group of 83 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed while landing in San Francisco has filed a lawsuit seeking millions from the aircraft’s manufacturer, Boeing, their lawyers said Tuesday.

While a final determination of what caused the deadly crash of the Boeing 777 is years away, Chicago-based Ribbeck Law said initial reports indicate it could have been caused by a mechanical malfunction of the auto-throttle.

Boeing could also have been at fault for the design of sliding ramps that deployed inside the plane, “further injuring passengers and blocking their exit to safety,” Ribbeck said.

There were also possibly problems with the seat belts given that police officers “had to pass knives to crew members inside the burning wreckage” so they could cut passengers free,” Ribbeck said.

The class-action lawsuit was filed in Chicago, Boeing’s corporate headquarters.