Passengers from Asiana Airlines Flight 214 have begun legal action against Boeing, the manufacturer of the crashed 777 aircraft, and Asiana could be implicated in the same lawsuit in the coming days, according to a statement by a law firm representing the passengers.
Ribbeck Law Chartered International said in a statement Tuesday that a petition for discovery had been filed against Boeing in a Chicago court on Monday, seeking information about the 777's design maintenance and safety and other records they believe are relevant to the case.
The firm also stated in its release that Asiana Airlines, as well as manufacturers of component parts of the aircraft, will have filings made against them soon.
The firm alleges that following the Flight 214 crash at SFO, emergency slide ramps, usually designed to aid in the quick evacuation of an airliner, inflated inside the aircraft and caused injury to some of their clients as well as made it more difficult to escape the wreck.
Monica R. Kelly, Head of Ribbeck Law Aviation Department told us that they are also taking issue with the seat belts and seats aboard the plane. Passengers claim some seat belts were stuck, trapping them, and needed to be cut by emergency workers who entered the plane after the crash. They also state some of the chairs collapsed during the crash, and they will look into whether they were properly manufactured and installed.
A spokesman for Boeing declined to comment.
A lawsuit was filed in California on Monday against Asiana Airlines by Younga Jun Machorro, a Korean woman, and her son, who were passengers on Flight 214. She is seeking $5 million in damages.
Meanwhile, Asiana announced that it was dropping its lawsuit against KTVU after an anchorwoman misidentified the pilots as Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Bang Ding Ow, and Ho Lee Fuk. The news station -- many times -- and said it got the names confirmed from an NTSB employee. The NTSB blamed it on an intern who has since been fired. After mulling over it, Asiana Airlines decided it had accepted the news station's apology and dropped the suit.