PHOTO: A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. (photo via Flickr/Aero Icarus)
Three years after the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a special administrator has filed a lawsuit against Boeing on behalf of the families of dozens of victims claiming electrical failures led to the aircraft's demise.
According to the Associated Press, the suit was filed by Gregory Keith in U.S. District Court in South Carolina—where Boeing recently built a new plant—and named the 44 victims as plaintiffs.
The lawsuit names at least seven different malfunctions, including an electrical fire and cabin depressurization.
It also says that even though the technology was available, Boeing didn't equip its Boeing 777s with devices that would have allowed them to be tracked at all times. What's more, the lawsuit alleges Boeing knew about several design flaws.
"The defects caused and/or allowed a massive and cascading sequence of electrical failures on board the lost plane which disabled vital systems...making it impossible for the crew to navigate the plane or for the plane to communicate with the ground stations leaving the aircraft to fly without the ability to communicate or control the aircraft until the plane ran out of fuel," lawyers claimed via the AP.
The suit doesn't specify how much damages are being sought.
Flight 370 was carrying 239 people when it disappeared while traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014. Earlier this year, Malaysia, Australia and China suspended their extensive search efforts in the southern Indian Ocean where the plane is believed to have crashed.
Last year, a renowned air crash expert told 60 Minutes Australia that evidence from recovered wing parts suggest the plane was intentionally lowered before crashing into the ocean.
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In a statement to the AP, Boeing spokesman Tom Kim said the company's thoughts continue to be with the victims but that Boeing doesn't comment on pending lawsuits.
The lawsuit is the latest in a slew of suits involving family members of Flight 370 victims, which have been filed in Malaysia, China and Australia. In addition to Boeing, Malaysia Airlines and jet engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce have been named in some of the suits.