Malaysian Family Sues Airline Over Missing Plane

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A Malaysian family is suing the government and Malaysia Airlines for negligence in the disappearance of Flight 370, in what is believed to be the first lawsuit filed in the country since the passenger jet mysteriously vanished earlier this year.

The lawsuit was filed Friday with the Kuala Lumpur High Court by lawyers on behalf of the two underage sons of Jee Jing Hang, who was among the 239 people on board the plane to Beijing when it went missing, according to the Guardian. They are suing the national carrier for breach of contract, alleging it failed in its responsibility to deliver their father to his destination and did not take all due measures to ensure a safe flight. The family is also suing civil aviation authorities, the immigration department and the air force for negligence.

“Our clients are after the truth,” reads a statement from the family’s legal team. “We have confidence in our judiciary system that this suit will be heard and dealt with fairly.”

The Malaysian government believes the flight was diverted from its path and eventually went down in a remote area of the southern Indian ocean, but not a single piece of debris has been found despite extensive searches.


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