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AIRBUS SUED BY AIR ASIA CRASH FAMILIES CLAIMING DEFECTIVE SYSTEMS

An Airbus A320 belonging to budget carrier AirAsia sitting on the tarmac at Changi Terminal 1 on Sept 21, 2011. Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is being sued by families of 10 passengers who were on board AirAsia flight QZ8501, which crashed in the Java Sea on Dec 28, 2014.

SINGAPORE (BLOOMBERG) – Airbus Group was sued by representatives of the families of 10 passengers who claim the plane maker is liable for their deaths after AirAsia Flight 8501 plunged into Indonesia’s Java Sea in December.

The A320 plane was “defectively and unreasonably dangerous” and its systems didn’t provide accurate weather, air speed and ice-accumulation information, according to a complaint filed June 19 in federal court in Chicago.

All 162 people aboard the plane, operated by the Indonesian affiliate of Malaysia-based AirAsia, died when it crashed Dec 28. The plane appeared to have stalled after climbing steeply, Indonesia’s Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan said in January.

“An official investigation to determine the cause of the accident is ongoing and Airbus is offering its full support,” Mr Sean Lee, a Singapore-based spokesman for Airbus, said about the lawsuit.

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