Asiana Airlines passengers sue over San Francisco crash

(USA TODAY) - A group of passengers who were aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crash-landed last summer at a San Francisco airport filed a personal injury lawsuit against aircraft manufacturer Boeing, according to media accounts.

Roughly 100 plaintiffs, many of them South Korean or Chinese nationals, say that Boeing knew or should have known that its 777 passenger jet had inadequate auto-throttle control and low-airspeed warnings systems, says the suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court by the Chicago-based firm Ribbeck Law Chartered, the Chicago Tribune reported.

"We are asking for damages to be paid to the passengers and asking the court to hold Boeing partially liable," Monica Kelly, an attorney for Ribbeck Law, told CNN on Saturday.

The lawsuit also contends that Boeing knew or should have known the airline's pilots were not properly trained in basic landing and safety management protocols, and that the pilots of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 were not qualified to fly on July 6, 2013, according to the Tribune.

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed on the runway at San Francisco International Airport on July 6. Three passengers were killed and more than 180 injured; 307 people were aboard the plane when it crashed.

A Boeing spokesman declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Other lawsuits have already been filed in the crash.

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