The Boeing Co., is being sued by the family of an Indonesian doctor killed aboard the Lion Air Flight 610 that crashed in October. The family alleges the aircraft manufacturer failed to warn pilots about a defect in the control system that can cause newer models of the planes to take unexpected nosedives.
Rio Nanda Pratama was traveling home from a conference to marry his fiancé when the Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane he was riding in crashed into the Java Sea between the Indonesian Islands, killing all 189 people on board. His father, H. Irianto, told the court that the plane his son was riding in was defectively designed and allowed misinformation to direct flight sensors to send the plane into a nosedive that that pilots cannot pull out of.
The plane was new, and had been delivered to Lion Air in Indonesia in August. Shortly after takeoff on Oct. 29, the pilot radioed air traffic control and requested permission to return to the airport because he was having difficulty controlling the aircraft. Ten minutes later, the plane crashed into the sea. Pratama and his attorney called the accident an avoidable tragedy.
Irianto’s complaint alleges that days after the crash of Lion Air Flight 610, the FAA issued a directive for Boeing’s 737 model planes involving mandatory warnings and instructions about the control system defect. Irianto claims that Boeing failed to warn pilots of these potential hazards.
Irianto’s lawsuit was filed in Illinois state court. Boeing International Headquarters is located in the Near West Side of Chicago.