October 07, 2013

Passenger Severely Injured In Asiana Airlines Flight 214 Crash Calls On Airline To Ensure Proficiency Of Its Pilots In Landing Procedures And Safety Protocols


(Photo by Wendell Hom)

San Francisco ??? Alan W. Mortensen and Jessica Andrew of the Salt Lake City Law Firm of DEWSNUP, KING & OLSEN in Salt Lake City and Robert J. Nelson of the San Francisco law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and announced that Zhang Xiao Ping, a resident of the U.S., filed a lawsuit today against Asiana Airlines and The Boeing Company for the severe injuries she suffered on July 6, 2013, when Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport.  The crash caused passengers, including Ms. Ping, to be jolted in all directions and many were violently thrown about the cabin.  Ms. Ping suffered multiple traumatic and life-altering injuries in the crash including neck and back fractures. 

 ???What should have been a routine landing became a fatal catastrophe when the Asiana Boeing 777-200ER aircraft came in too low and too slow to safely land,?۝ stated Mortensen, counsel for Ms. Ping.  ???Given the alleged gross negligence of Asiana pilots on Flight 214, Ms. Ping in her complaint calls on the Court to mandate that all Asiana pilots receive comprehensive training and demonstrate minimum proficiency in landing procedures and basic safety protocols.?۝

In perfectly clear weather, the Asiana aircraft landed far short of the runway threshold, striking the seawall that projects into the bay and separating the tail section from the aircraft?۪s fuselage.  At least 180 of the aircraft?۪s 291 passengers suffered physical injuries, and three teenage passengers died. 

The complaint charges that the accident was the result of the failure of the pilot and flight crew to follow well-established cockpit and landing protocols, combined with deficient training. The pilot and flight crew had set the airspeed of the aircraft at 137 knots, the minimum speed necessary for a safe landing, and assumed the auto-throttle control system would maintain this speed.  They became aware of the plane?۪s actual speed only seconds before the crash, and did not realize that the auto-throttle control system was not engaged. 

The complaint further alleges that Boeing was negligent in the design of its low airspeed warning system as its 777 aircraft lacks a repeated aural warning of "Low Speed" found in other Boeing aircraft.

About Dewsnup, King & Olsen

Dewsnup, King & Olsen represents passengers severely injured in the Asiana Flight 214 crash. Our attorneys are committed to upholding the rights of aviation disaster victims and promoting aviation safety. 

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Alan W. Mortensen

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