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Chicago law firm Ribbeck Law Chartered has filed a petition for disovery in respect of the Asiana Airlines flight that crashed at San Francisco airport t his month, suggesting that the Boeing 777 crash may have been due to a mechanical fault.
Ribbeck Law Chartered specialize in aviation law cases and filed the petition in Cook County Circuit Court, Chicago, the Boeing headquarters.
A Ribbeck news release said that additional pleadings will be filed against Asiana Airlines and several manufacturers of aircraft parts in coming days. The release indicated potential issues with the plane’s auto throttle and Ribbeck said that in addition to those problems, some emergency slides reportedly opened inside the plane, injuring passengers and blocking their exit, and some passengers had to be cut out of their seatbelts with knives.
The crash killed three people. The plane was carrying 307 passengers and crew on a flight from South Korea to San Francisco International Airport on July 6, approached the runway. It clipped a seawall at the end of a runway, sheering off the tail and sending the plane cartwheeling along the runway.
“We must find the causes of the crash and demand that the problems with the airline and the aircraft are immediately resolved to avoid future tragedies,” said lawyer Monica Kelly, head of Ribbeck’s aviation department.
Associated Press report that the petition asks a judge to order Boeing to identify the designers and manufacturers of the airplane’s autothrottle and its emergency evacuation slides. It also seeks information on the systems that indicate the airplane’s glide slope and that warn how close it is to the ground. Kelly said the firm wants to protect the wreckage “from destructive testing” and to obtain maintenance records, internal memos and other evidence.
The pilots of Asiana Flight 214 have told investigators they were relying on automated cockpit equipment to control their speed. Inspectors found that the autothrottle had been “armed,” or made ready for activation, but investigators are still determining whether it had been engaged, the National Transportation Safety Board has said.
Two of the plane’s eight slides malfunctioned, opening inside the cabin and pinning two flight attendants underneath.