NEW YORK: A U.S.-based law firm expects to represent families of more than half of the passengers on board the missing Malaysian Airlines flight in a lawsuit against the carriers and Boeing Co., claiming the plane had crashed due to mechanical failure, Reuters reported.
Based in Chicago, Ribbeck Law filed a petition against Boeing Co., manufacturer of the aircraft, and Malaysian Airlines, operator of the plane in a Cook County, Illinois Circuit Court.
The petition is meant to secure evidence of possible design and manufacturing defects that may have contributed to the disaster.
“Our theory of the case is that there was a failure of the equipment in the cockpit that may have caused a fire that rendered the crew unconscious, or perhaps because of the defects in the fuselage which had been reported before there was some loss in the cabin pressure that also made the pilot and co-pilot unconscious,” Reuters quoted Monica Kelly, head of Global Aviation Litigation at Ribbeck Law, as telling reporters.
Kelly added: “That plane was actually a ghost plane for several hours until it ran out of fuel.”
Ribbeck is also asking that U.S. scientists be included in the search for wreckage and bodies, the firm said.
The lawsuit, soon to be filed, would seek millions of dollars of compensation for each passenger and ask Boeing to repair its entire 777 fleet.
GHOST PLANE THEORY
A New York Magazine report says, “A lot of what we know supports the theory that MH370 was a ghost plane — specifically, that a fire or depressurization or some other catastrophic event forced the pilot to attempt an emergency landing, which would explain the mysterious westward turn made by the Boeing 777.
Before the landing could be executed, the theory goes, the crew was incapacitated, leaving a plane full of dead and dying people that flew itself west over the Indian Ocean until it ran out of fuel and dropped from the sky.”