Relatives of AF447 Victims Sue in United States

by Jonathan on March 30, 2010

Some relatives of passengers killed in the crash of Air France flight 447 have filled wrongful death lawsuits against Airbus, alleging that the Airbus A330 crashed because of flaws in the plane and its U.S. made components.

The lawsuits were filed in United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami by Podhurst Orseck, a law firm which specializes in aviation litigation.

23 lawsuits were filed and Podhurst Orseck expects to file 10 more within the new few weeks.

The lawsuits come just as a third search to locate the black boxes were launched by Air France, the BEA, and Airbus.

The lawsuits assert that flight 447 crashed because design and manufacturing defects left the pilots without accurate data to maintain altitude and air speed.

Defendents in the lawsuits include Airbus, France’s Thale’s Group and their U.S. subsidiaries. Also named in the lawsuits are U.S. companies Honeywell international, Motorola Inc, Intel Corp, Rockwell Collins, Hamilton Sunstrand Corp, General Electric, Goodrich Corp, Rosemount Aerospace, Dupont Co, Judd Wire Co, and Raychem Co.

Airbus called the lawsuit baseless. “We don’t believe that they are well stated or well founded,” said Airbus America’s spokesman Clay McConnell. “We will be moving to have them dismissed.”

Click here to read Podhurst Orseck’s press release regarding the lawsuits.

Source: Reuters

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