CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Families of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared in 2014 filed suit in Charleston Saturday against Boeing, court documents state.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, and is believed to be lost in the South Indian Ocean, the documents state. The official search for the plane or its wreckage was suspended on Jan. 17, 2017, by the Australia Air Safety Investigative Board, which led efforts to find the plane.
The suit was filed in Charleston by Gregory Keith, a special administrator for the family, dependents, and next of kin and estates of 44 victims of the crash, the documents state. Three of the victims are listed as citizens or permanent residents of the United States and the remaining 41 were Chinese citizens, the suit states.
The suit alleges negligence, breach of warranty, and strict liability on the part of Boeing and seeks actual damages as well as punitive and/or exemplary damages. The filing also lists the demand of a jury trial.
The suit states Boeing manufactured the the lost aircraft and alleges the crash of MH370 "was caused or partially caused by defects in the design, manufacture and/or assembly of the aircraft."
The suit states the failure to locate the lost plane caused a "lack of finality and an enduring mystery that has caused unprecedented levels of economic and non-economic losses, emotional and physical pain, distress and mental pain and suffering to those lost on the plane and to their families, the survivors, dependents, heirs, beneficiaries and estates."
Boeing spokesman Miles Kotay issued a brief statement on the lawsuit Tuesday afternoon:
"As a general rule, Boeing does not comment on litigation.
Our thoughts continue to be with the families, friends and colleagues of those on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370."