Passengers Sue Boeing After Asiana Airlines Crash

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By Michael Martinez

CNN

(CNN) — Passengers who were aboard Asiana Airlines Flight 214, which crashed in San Francisco, are suing Boeing Co., which made the plane, according to a law firm representing passengers.

Boeing, which is headquartered in Chicago, declined comment. Spokeswoman Debbie Heathers referred all calls to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Ribbeck Law Chartered, a Chicago-based law firm, said Tuesday that it had filed the initial court petition on behalf of more than 80 passengers.

The firm said Asiana Airlines will be added as a defendant in the next few days. Legal action will also be taken against several unidentified “component part manufacturers who may be responsible for this disaster,” the firm said in a statement.

Asiana spokesman Ki Won Suh declined to comment on the law firm’s plans against the airline.

The Asiana 777 fell short of its approach and crashed on the runway at San Francisco airport on July 6. Three people were killed and more than 180 others hurt.

The NTSB is investigating. The early stage of the investigation has focused heavily on actions of the crew during the landing attempt.

CNN’s Kyung Lah contributed to this report.

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