Two airplane passengers have sued Asiana Airlines Inc. after suffering injuries in the recent airplane crash at the San Francisco International Airport. The Asiana plane crashed on July 6, injuring 181 people and killing three.
The passengers allege that the crew was negligent in failing to monitor flight conditions and ensure that the plane was maintaining proper speed and altitude during landing.
“The Asiana crash occurred due to the gross negligence and recklessness of the Asiana flight crew,” an attorney for the family said.
Bloomberg News reports that the passengers are seeking at least $5 million.
This lawsuit comes amid allegations that South Korea’s transportation ministry warned Asiana to review its safety procedures two months before the crash.
“We asked the company to review its safety policies once again,” said Kwon Yong Bok, director general of aviation safety policy at the South Korean transport ministry.
The Associated Press reports that July’s San Francisco crash was the first Asiana airline to go down since 2011, when an Asiana cargo plane crashed off of South Korea’s Jeju island. Two pilots died in that crash.
The deadliest Asiana crash occurred in 1993 when a domestic crash killed 66 people.
Source: Bloomberg, “Asiana Sued by Two Passengers in San Francisco Crash,” Karen Gullo, July 17, 2013