Airbus sued over Air France crash
Published: Oct 21, 2009
Global - Airbus and many other aerospace suppliers have been sued on behalf of the survivors of eight of the 228 passengers who died during the Air France crash off the coast of Brazil in June.
The US lawyer is seeking unspecified compensation for the eight survivors of the Air France Flight 447, saying that they have "suffered a loss of support" and other losses as a result of the deaths, media reports said. The action was brought under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act and filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
The Airbus A330 plane that crashed was "defective and unreasonably dangerous," the complaint states.
The other defendants include Honeywell International, General Electric, Rockwell Collins, Thales and chip maker Intel.
Airbus said it was aware of the lawsuit, but declined comment.
The Air France flight crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, as it made its way from Rio de Janiero to Paris. 228 people died from the crash.
Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the Airbus A330 crash, and said the investigation could take another year.
Honeywell said in a statement that there was no evidence that its product on board the flight was defective or malfunctioned. "Because neither the black boxes nor the bulk of the wreckage has been found, the complaint filed in Cook County, Illinois, is only speculation," the statement said. "We will aggressively defend our reputation and products and continue to utilise our technologies to help ensure that such a tragic event can be avoided in the future."
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