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MH370 family sue Malaysia Airlines in Australia: report

13 March 2016 10:53:51 The Asian Age

(Photo: AP) Under international agreements, families have up to two years to sue over air accidents. Sydney : The family of MH370 passenger New Zealander Paul Weeks is suing Malaysia Airlines in an Australian court for the "sudden shock" and "mental harm" they suffered after the plane vanished, a report said on Sunday. Weeks, who was based in the West Australian city of Perth, was one of 239 people on board the Boeing 777 Kuala Lumpur-Beijing flight when it disappeared on March 8, 2014. Next-of-kin had started to file lawsuits over the jet's disappearance as a two-year deadline approached last week, with some hopeful the court scrutiny could shed light on what happened to the ill-fated flight. Under international agreements, families have up to two years to sue over air accidents. Weeks' wife, mother, brother and sister were separately suing the flag carrier in the Supreme Court of Western Australia, according to Perth's The Sunday Times, citing five writs lodged on March 4. They were seeking compensation for "personal injury, loss and damage" suffered as a result of "sudden shock" and "mental harm" after the disappearance, the Times said. "The cause of the plaintiff's pain, injury, loss and damage was negligence of the defendant," the newspaper cited the writs as saying. A fifth writ was filed on behalf of Weeks' two children, the report added, without disclosing the amount of damages sought. Sara Weeks, his New Zealand-based sister, told TVNZ's ONE News Sunday she just wanted to know where the plane was. Malaysia Airlines also faces legal action elsewhere. In Beijing, relatives of a dozen Chinese passengers filed suits against the airline, Boeing, Rolls Royce and others last week. The latest legal claim in Australia came as a piece of debris found by a South African holidaymaker in Mozambique in December was to be sent to Australia for analysis, South African officials said Friday. Other pieces of debris found earlier this month have yet to be confirmed as from the missing jet. Australia is leading the search for MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The hunt is expected to wrap up in June-July if the aircraft is not found in the target zone of 120,000 square kilometres. No crash site has been located. So far, only a wing fragment that washed ashore on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion last July has been confirmed as being from the plane.

Vice All News Time13 March 2016 10:53:51


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07 March 2016 17:22:11 WN.com - World News

CHINA Coal mine accident kills 12 Twelve people were killed in a coal mine accident in Jilin Province, state media reported yesterday, the latest incident in the country’s notoriously dangerous industry. Coal gas flooded a colliery in Baishan, killing the miners, Xinhua news agency said. One was rescued and the cause of the accident on Sunday was being investigated. CHINA MH370 relatives file suit Relatives of a dozen passengers aboard missing flight MH370 began filing suits against Malaysia Airlines at a...

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Poor pilot emergency training behind AirAsia crash: analysts

02 December 2015 08:40:24 The Asian Age

Parts of AirAsia Flight 8501 fished out of the Sea (Photo: AP/File) Report by national transport agency says inexperience in flying led to the crash Paris : A new probe into what sent an AirAsia flight plunging into the Java Sea last year, killing all 162 people on board, has pointed the finger at poor pilot training on how to cope with emergencies. The final report from Indonesia's national transport safety agency said an existing fault in the system that controlled the Airbus A320-200's rudder had set off a chain of events that caused the crash. But it was the pilot's decision to reset the system, which turned off the plane's autopilot, and inexperience in flying in such difficult conditions that then sent the aircraft into a sharp roll from which it never recovered. "The flight crew had not been trained for the upset recovery training on Airbus A320," said the report, adding that the plane had gone into a "prolonged stall condition that was beyond the capability of the crew to recover". The report provides the latest clue into what brought down Flight QZ8501 on December 28 last year, during what was supposed to be a routine flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. The bodies of 56 people have never been recovered, despite a huge and lengthy international search involving ships and aircraft from several nations in often stormy seas. Investigators had previously blamed bad weather for bringing down the plane, but the new findings show both poor equipment and inadequate training for emergency situations were to blame. The fault with cracked soldering in part of the plane's rudder system -- which had already caused glitches 23 times in the previous year -- sent repeated warnings to the pilots. The co-pilot was then left to fly as the pilot responded to the fault, but could not cope with the situation, and miscommunication between the pilots as they plunged towards the sea compounded the problem. "It's a scenario that has played out in air accidents in the past," Terence Fan, aviation expert at the Singapore Management University, told AFP. "Pilots are either distracted by a faulty equipment or cannot properly solve the issue and something else is brewing in the background." The loss of Flight QZ8501 was the first major crash for Malaysia-based AirAsia, but analysts said the findings could prove a setback after a successful 13-year run. "This will have a detrimental impact on AirAsia as a whole and it comes at the worst time for the airline given the very poor third quarter numbers that came out last week," said Shukor Yusof, analyst with Malaysia-based Endau Analytics. "AirAsia's image will be dented because the report alleges that they don't maintain their aircraft properly and their cockpit crew responded inadequately to such an incident." Speaking as the report was released, investigator Nurcahyo Utomo said AirAsia pilots were not properly trained on handling Airbus aircraft when they were severely destabilised as it was not recommended by the manufacturer. But the former head of France's aviation authority, the BEA, which governs France-based Airbus, said AirAsia had not followed the agency's rules on training. The BEA set new regulations for pilots after an Air France flight between Rio and Paris was lost in the Atlantic Ocean in 2009, under similar circumstances to the AirAsia flight. "Several recommendations of the (BEA) on the subject of pilot training were clearly not implemented by this aviation company," former BEA director Jean-Paul Troadec told AFP. Gerry Soejatman, an aviation consultant with Jakarta-based consultancy CommunicAvia, said both the AirAsia crash and AF447 had happened after a technical problem followed by the plane stalling. "It's all in the manual, but we still have these two cases where the pilot did not do the right thing in stall recovery," he told AFP. "It's likely that they did not realise they were in a stall or did not have adequate training in how to exit from a very severe stall at high altitude."

Vice All News Time02 December 2015 08:40:24


Malaysia Airlines Is ‘Technically Bankrupt’

03 June 2015 01:13:49 Intellasia East Asia News

The new boss of Malaysia Airlines has claimed the carrier is “technically bankrupt”, following two plane accidents in 12 months. Christoph Mueller has confirmed that 6,000 jobs will be cut at the troubled airline – ahead of a rebrand in September which aims to repair the damage caused by the losses of MH370 and MH17.

Vice All News Time03 June 2015 01:13:49


The Malaysia Airlines Accidents

01 March 2015 21:14:18 Malaysia News latest RSS headlines - Malaysia Sun.com

On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines confirmed that Flight 370, enroute from Kuala Lampur to Beijing, had disappeared from radar. The plane was carrying 227 passengers from 27 ...

Vice All News Time01 March 2015 21:14:18


Loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 declared accident

30 January 2015 10:38:53 Malaysia News latest RSS headlines - Malaysia Sun.com

HONG KONG - The Malaysian government said Thursday that the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March was an accident according to the terms of an international air agreement and that ...

Vice All News Time30 January 2015 10:38:53


Malaysia declares MH370 an 'accident', airline to proceed with compensation

30 January 2015 04:31:04 WN.com - World News

Malaysia declared on Thursday the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 an accident, clearing the way for the airline to pay compensation to victims& relatives while the search for the plane goes on. The Boeing 777 aircraft disappeared on March 8 last year, carrying 239 passengers and crew shortly after taking off from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, bound for Beijing....

Vice All News Time30 January 2015 04:31:04


Malaysia declares MH370 an “accident”, airline to proceed with compensation

30 January 2015 01:59:18 ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Kuala Lumpur, Reuters—Malaysia declared on Thursday the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 an accident, clearing the way for the airline to pay compensation to victims’ relatives while the search for the plane goes on. The Boeing 777 aircraft disappeared on March 8 last year, carrying 239 passengers and crew shortly after taking off from

Vice null Time30 January 2015 01:59:18


Malaysia Declares MH370 an ‘Accident’, Airline to Proceed With Compensation

29 January 2015 15:22:05 WN.com - Asia News

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Malaysia declares MH370 an ‘accident’, airline to proceed with compensation

29 January 2015 12:01:09 Gulf times - TopNewsList

Malaysia has declared the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 an "accident" ...

Vice All News Time29 January 2015 12:01:09