Lion Air co-pilot’s family sues Boeing over fatal Flight 610 crash off Jakarta
Rescuers conduct search operation in the waters of West Java after the Lion Air plane crashed into the sea. (AP: Achmad Ibrahim)
The family of the Indonesian co-pilot of a Lion Air flight that crashed in October, killing all 189 people onboard, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Boeing in Chicago, adding to litigation piling up against the manufacturer in its hometown.
- Lawsuit alleges the Boeing 737 MAX 8 was unreasonably dangerous because its sensors provided inconsistent information
- Instruction manuals provided by Boeing with the two-month-old plane were allegedly insufficient
- At least two other lawsuits have been filed against Boeing in Chicago by the Lion Air victims
The lawsuit, filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, alleges that a Lion Air-operated Boeing 737 MAX 8 was unreasonably dangerous because its sensors provided inconsistent information to both the pilots and the aircraft.
Boeing declined to comment on pending litigation.
The complaint was filed on behalf of pilot Harvino’s widow and three children, who are all from Jakarta.
It also alleged that the instruction manuals provided by Boeing with the two-month-old plane were insufficient, leading to the death of the pilots, crew and passengers.
In a statement, law firm Gardiner Koch Weisberg & Wrona said Harvino and Flight 610 Captain Bhayve Suneja were both experienced pilots, having logged more than 5,000 and 6,000 flight hours prior to the disaster.
At least two other lawsuits have been filed against Boeing in Chicago by the Lion Air victims.
A preliminary report by Indonesian investigators focused on airline maintenance and training and the response of a Boeing anti-stall system to a recently replaced sensor but did not give a cause for the crash.
One of the investigators, Nurcahyo Utomo, told reporters it was too early to determine whether or not a new version of the anti-stall system, which was not explained to pilots in manuals, was a contributing factor.