Lawsuit Against The Boeing Company Related to the 2018 Indonesian Lion Air Crash
On February 22, Peter J. Flowers, Jason Webster and the Meyers & Flowers team filed a lawsuit on behalf of the family of Yuningtyas Upiek Kartikawati against The Boeing Company related to the 2018 Indonesian Lion Air crash. The Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed killing 189 people. Just a few weeks after filing the suit, a second 737 Max 8, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, crashed six minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, killing all on board.
The lawsuit outlines how shortly after takeoff Boeing’s now infamous plane banked sharply to the left making a significant altitude shift then took a steep dive and plunged into the Java Sea. According to the complaint, the force of the crash was so strong the plane’s metal fixtures disintegrated. Much like the recent Ethiopian crash, this disaster occurred just minutes after the Lion Air Flight had taken off from the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Indonesia.
“We believe over the next few weeks and months mounting evidence will prove that Boeing failed to manufacture a safe aircraft,” said Mr. Flowers. “The company’s on-going negligence resulted in the deaths of passengers and crew of the Lion Air flight, and possibly now the Ethiopian Airlines flight as well. It is no wonder so many countries are grounding Boeing’s 737 Max 8.”
“We hope to deliver justice for Judge Kartikawati’s family while also helping to protect other families from experiencing similar tragedies due to this unsafe and dangerous aircraft,” said Mr. Flowers.
Recently, Mr. Flowers was interviewed by Law.com's Amanda Bronstad's about the implications of the Lion Air suit and the links to the Ethiopian Airline crash. The legal publication looked at how Boeing is expected to face ongoing legal issues regarding its 737 Max aircraft.
Meyers & Flowers has worked on behalf of the families of victims of train and plane crashes. Their tireless advocacy has resulted in substantial judgments in favor of plaintiffs around the world.