Taiwan airport, SIA, Boeing potential defendants in SQ006 crash
by Farah Abdul Rahim
Taiwan's Chiang Kai Shek International Airport is a potential defendant in a suit brought by 44 survivors of the SQ006 crash and the next of kin of those who died in the disaster.
Singapore Airlines and Boeing are the other potential defendants.
12 Singaporeans are among the 44 who are suing, including eight cabin crew members. (Oh dear)
According to American attorney Manuel R Ribbeck, who'll be representing them, eight lawsuits have been filed in the United States so far and more can be expected.
Mr Ribbeck, a partner with Nolan Law Group, is in Singapore and has met some of his Singaporean clients, including cabin crew members.
He said that the Taipei airport authorities might be a potential defendant, especially after last week's release of a factual findings report by Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council.
"Based on what we see in the report, it's too early to blame anybody but you can see that the runway was not properly closed, perhaps the lights which were not supposed to be switched on were on, the area where you were supposed to have a light to indicate a turn wasn't working properly. So, there are lots of issues that have to be addressed, regarding liability," the lawyer said.
Mr Ribbeck added that his legal team was also carrying out its own investigations into the October 31 crash, but the trial would have to wait till after the final investigation report is released at the end of the year.
The first hearing for all 44 clients will be held at the end of March in the United States.
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