Two injured passengers, a mother and her eight-year-old son, in the Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco July 6 have sued the airline for alleged “willful disregard” of passenger safety.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco Monday seeks “no less” than $5 million in damages.
Initially, federal investigators said the plane was flying too slow and too low when the plane’s tail ticked the seawall at the start of the runway for the Boeing 777.
The flight from South Korea to San Francisco slammed into the end of the runway, breaking off the tail section then pancaking the front of the plane, which slid off the runway and caught fire.
Three young girls died, two at the crash site and one later in the hospital. Another 180 passengers and crew members were injuried.
The lawsuit was filed Monday by Younga Jun Machorro and her son Benjamin, along with her husband, Hector Machorro, who was not a passenger but claims emotional distress from his wife’s injuries.
The lawsuit states the crash “occurred due to the gross negligence and recklessness of the Asiana flight crew on Flight 214, in woeful violation of numerous international and United States airline industry standards.”
It alleges they failed to observe fundamental visual landing procedures and failed to monitor flight conditions.
It claims violation of the Montreal Convention and gross negligence.
Case: Machorro v. Asiana Airlines, Inc., No. CV13-3286EDL