October 22, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three San Francisco Bay Area families are suing Boeing over the deadly crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, alleging that coach passengers suffered more serious injuries than business class travelers because of different seatbelt configurations.
The lawsuits filed Thursday in federal court in San Francisco say some coach passengers wearing only lap belts suffered head and spinal injuries that could have been prevented by shoulder restraints available in the more expensive and roomy business class seats toward the front of the airliner.
The lawsuits also claim that Asiana failed to properly train its pilots, and that the plane's auto-throttle was inadequate.
Several other lawsuits have been filed on behalf of survivors of the July 6 crash landing at San Francisco International Airport that killed three people and injured 180 others.
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