San Francisco Asiana Crash Passengers Seek W34 Billion in Compensation

kpopluv, June 29, 2015, 8:49 a.m.

A group of passengers who survived the 2013 Asiana crash in San Francisco are suing the carrier for W34 billion in compensation (US$1=W1,120). The passengers also plan to file a lawsuit in the U.S. against Boeing, which manufactured the B777 aircraft that crashed.

The Seoul Central District Court on Sunday said 27 Korean, 25 Chinese and one Indian passenger are seeking between W55 million to W2.7 billion in compensation from Asiana. Korea's No. 2 carrier is already facing dozens of lawsuits in the U.S., but this is the first one filed in a Korean court.

The passengers accuse Asiana of negligence for failing to either hire experienced pilots or properly training them to fly the B777. They accuse Boeing of failing to install shoulder-strap seat belts on economy class, which they claim resulted in serious injuries during the crash.

The plaintiffs are seeking compensation for injuries including damaged vertebrae, contusions, abrasions and psychological damage, as well as emotional distress of family members. 

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