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Asiana crash passengers sue Boeing for alleged autopilot flaw

A couple of passengers injured in the crash of Asiana Airlines flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport last summer have filed a new lawsuit in connection with the disaster, seeking compensation and damages from Boeing, the airplane’s manufacturer. The lawsuit, filed in July in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, underscores an alleged flaw in the Boeing 777’s control system that plaintiffs say contributed to the crash, which killed three passengers and injured 108 others. According to the complaint, Flight 214’s pilots were thrown off by 777’s automatic pilot system, which allegedly contains a glitch known as an “FLCH” ... Read More

Asiana settles personal injury claims with 72 passengers injured on Flight 214

Asiana Airlines has reached a settlement with more than 70 of the passengers who were injured on flight 214 when it crashed upon landing at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in 2013. Lawyers representing 72 passengers with personal injury complaints against the Korean airline company said in a Tuesday court filing that the cases were resolved in an agreement that remains confidential. The plaintiffs were among more than 180 passengers and crew members injured when the Boeing 777 made a poor approach to SFO on July 6, 2013, and struck a seawall, sending the aircraft into a fiery tumble on ... Read More

Asiana crash pictures trigger San Francisco firefighting helmet-camera ban

The San Francisco Fire Department’s decision to ban helmet-mounted cameras after a 16-year-old Asiana crash survivor was run over and killed on the runway by first responders has sparked sharp criticism from safety advocates and others who question the department’s motives. San Francisco fire chief Joanne Hayes-White issued the edict that explicitly bans video cameras on helmets worn by firefighters responding to emergencies, saying privacy issues were the basis of the decision. “There comes a time that privacy of the individual is paramount, of greater importance than having a video,” she told the San Francisco Chronicle. The Chief’s decision comes ... Read More

Asiana crash survivors sue Boeing over inadequate seatbelts and other defects

A group of passengers who survived the crash of Asiana Airlines flight 214 in San Francisco July 6 are suing the airline and Boeing, which made the 777 aircraft, alleging that the lap-only seat restraints in economy class made the crash and their injuries much worse than they should have been. Three complaints, filed in California, draw comparisons between the seat restraints provided in the economy cabin with the full lap and shoulder restraints available to first-class passengers. Because economy class offered lap belts only, injuries in that part of the plane were much worse, the complaints allege. According to ... Read More

Asiana’s aborted landing rate at San Francisco unusually high, airport officials say

Asiana Airlines has an abnormally high rate of aborted landings or “go-arounds” at San Francisco International Airport, where one of its planes crashed July 6 after making a failed attempt to abort its landing. About 180 of the 209 passengers and crew aboard Asiana flight 219 were injured and three were killed. According to San Francisco columnists Matier and Ross, the number of Asiana’s go-arounds at SFO is “six to eight times greater than would be expected given the airline’s total number of flights into SFO.” The unusually high number of aborted landings has aviation officials concerned that Asiana’s pilots ... Read More

Chinese professor sues Asiana for crash injuries in U.S. Court

SAN FRANCISCO – A Chinese college professor who was injured on the July 6 Asiana flight 214 crash has filed a personal-injury lawsuit against the airline in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The plaintiff is one of the few non-U.S. nationals aboard the plane who have the right to the sue the Korea-based airline in U.S. Court. Zhengheng Xie, who teaches at Shanghai University, was flying to the U.S. to visit his son, a South Bay resident, when the Boeing 777 crashed on its approach to San Francisco International. Investigators are trying to determine why the pilots failed to ... Read More

Asiana air crash survivor’s tragic death prompts reevaluation of rescue procedures

A 16-year old girl who survived the initial impact of Asiana flight 214 when it crash landed at San Francisco International Airport July 6 was struck and killed on the runway by a firefighting truck, medical examiners have concluded. The tragic death will likely trigger significant reevaluations of safety procedures and how rescue workers respond to crashes in the future. Ye Meng Yuan and her close friend and classmate Wang Linjia, also 16, were identified as the first passengers from the Asiana flight to lose their lives after the airplane crash landed. The bodies of both girls were found on the exterior ... Read More

Asiana 214 passengers sue Boeing for crash-related injuries

CHICAGO, Ill.–Eighty-three passengers of Asiana flight 214 have joined a lawsuit being prepared against Boeing Co. for injuries they received when the airplane crash-landed on a San Francisco runway July 6. A court filing by the plaintiffs’ firm alleges that mechanical defects within the aircraft might have caused the crash and resulting injuries. Three people were killed and 182 were injured when the plane touched down at San Francisco International Airport after an overnight flight from Seoul, South Korea. Court papers filed in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago, Boeing’s home city, seek to preserve evidence that may be critical ... Read More

Asiana Flight 214 death toll rises to 3 as another girl dies from crash injuries

A third girl from Asiana flight 214 died Friday morning of her injuries, 6 days after the airplane crash-landed at San Francisco International airport. The girl, whose identity was withheld at the request of her parents, was one of three Asiana passengers in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, abdominal injuries, and internal bleeding. The two surviving critically injured patients are adults. Four other passengers remain in the hospital. Their conditions range from serious to good. Meanwhile, investigators have confirmed that one of the other victims, 16-year-old schoolgirl Ye Meng Yuan, was ... Read More

Airplane crash kills ten people in Soldotna, Alaska

Ten people were killed Sunday when their air taxi crashed at a small Alaskan airport in Soldotna, about 7o miles southwest of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula. The de Havilland DHC3 Otter airplane, a single-engine propeller aircraft, was owned and operated by Rediske Air. Walter “Willy” Rediske, 42, who was piloting the airplane, was described as a highly experienced pilot with several years of experience flying in challenging weather conditions and terrain by those who worked and flew with him. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials from Washington DC arrived at the scene to investigate the crash, which occurred about 11:20 ... Read More