Asiana Airlines reaches Settlement with 72 Passengers aboard Flight 214
It has been found that Asiana Airlines made settlement with 72 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago.
A spokesman of the South Korean carrier unveiled the news of the settlement on Wednesday.
The Associated Press reported earlier Wednesday that Frank Pitre, a lawyer for the litigants in the lawsuit, said that this was the first settlement made in connection to the crash.
Pitre said that the passengers who made settlement with the airlines were among those who had injuries that were less serious.
According to the Associated Press, terms of the settlement includes the plane’s manufacturer Boeing Co and Air Cruisers Co.
Boeing and Air Cruisers, which is now called as Zodiac Aero Evacuation Systems, could not be reached for the comment on the settlement.
The crash of Asiana Airlines flight 214 happened when the Boeing 777 jetliner's tail struck a seawall short of the runway, which caused the plane to spin.
The accident caused deaths of three teenage passengers from China and left more than 180 passengers injured.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB’s) had said previously that Boeing should consider modifying flight controls on the 777 jetliner in response to the Asiana Airlines crash.
The agency also said that pilots for the Seoul-based airline committed at least 20 errors in the final 14 miles to the airport.
US safety investigators also blamed the pilots of the airlines saying that the pilots bungled the landing approach by deactivating the plane’s key control for airspeed.
Asiana Airlines said the pilots are entrusted with the responsibility to control an abnormal situation.