Families of Sriwijaya Air crash victims sue Boeing over alleged faulty plane

SJ-182 plane debris recovered from crash site. Photo: Twitter/@KANSAR_JKT
SJ-182 plane debris recovered from crash site. Photo: Twitter/@KANSAR_JKT

Families of Sriwijaya Air crash victims are suing Boeing over what they allege to be faults in the aircraft manufactured by the aerospace company, a US-based law firm said.

The Wisner Law Firm, which specializes in aviation cases, said in a release today that three families of victims of the crashed SJ-182 filed the lawsuit against Boeing with the Circuit Court of Cook County in Illinois on Jan. 25. 

The families are seeking settlements from Boeing as they allege the 737-500 plane model utilized on the tragic flight had fatal malfunctions that caused it to nosedive and crash in the waters just north of Jakarta minutes after take off on Jan. 9. One malfunction, the lawsuit alleged, was related to the plane’s autothrottle system.

The National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT), Indonesia’s sole authority in officially determining the cause of aviation disasters, has yet to determine the cause of the SJ-182 crash. The committee says a preliminary report can be expected for release in early February.

The Wisner Law Firm has represented crash victims’ next of kin in Indonesia over the last three decades. Last year, it helped reach settlements for families of the October 2018 Lion Air crash from Boeing.

SJ-182 vanished from radar and crashed four minutes after its 2:36pm departure from Soekarno-Hatta Airport on Jan. 9. The plane was bound for the city of Pontianak in West Kalimantan.

As of Jan. 26, search and rescue officials have identified 53 victims from a flight that carried 62 people. Officials have also retrieved the plane’s flight data recorder but the search for its cockpit voice recorder continues.

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