Families of passengers on missing Flight-370 file lawsuits

Families of 12 passengers sue carrier and Malaysian government on eve of second anniversary of plane's disappearance

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A woman whose son Zhao's whole family was aboard flight MH370, wipes her tears during an interview in Beijing on July 24, 2014 as her granddaughter's picture is seen in the living room of her house.

The Malaysian government and the carrier that owned the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight-370 have been sued by the families of 12 passengers who were on board the missing plane, as the two-year deadline for lawsuits nears to an end.

One of the trial lawyers, Sangeet Kaur Deo, who is representing ten of the families said the libelants are mostly from Malaysia while two of them are from China and Russia.

The other libelants who independently filed the lawsuits were the families of two Ukranian passengers.

According to Sangeet, his clients resorted to this decision because there hopes were shattered because "nothing reasonable was forthcoming" from the carrier after they had attended several negotiation talks with the company.  

The Boeing 777, which took off from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, had gone missing with 239 passengers on board for unknown reasons.

A global aviation agreement gives family members of the passengers the right to sue over the air accidents before the two-year deadline for lawsuits expires.

TRTWorld and agencies