Three lawsuits by Asiana crash victims target Boeing

San Jose Mercury News

In a new twist in the crash of Asiana Flight 214, three Bay Area families allege in lawsuits filed Thursday that airplane manufacturer Boeing should have known to retrofit the plane following a similar crash in 2009 and played a critical role in the inadequate training of the airline's pilots in South Korea.

"You cannot simply write this off as pilots who came in too low and too slow," said Burlingame attorney Frank Pitre, who filed three separate lawsuits against Asiana and Boeing in U.S. District Court in San Francisco late Thursday. "There's more to it. You cannot excuse Boeing."

Pitre expects to file a similar, fourth lawsuit Friday on behalf of another Bay Area family that also suffered injuries when the Boeing 777 crashed July 6 as it tried to land at San Francisco International Airport, killing three teenage Chinese girls and injuring dozens of others.

The four suits -- on behalf of 12 Bay Area passengers -- are the first to allege a direct link between Boeing and the training of Asiana's pilots. Since 2006, according to the lawsuits, Boeing has trained Asiana pilots at a South Korean campus near Gimpo International Airport that specializes in teaching pilots how to operate the Boeing 777, although the suit does not make clear if Boeing trained the pilots of the doomed flight... (To read the entire article, please click HERE)


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