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Children of MH370 Victim Sue “Negligent” Malaysia Airlines & Government

Children of MH370 Victim Sue “Negligent” Malaysia Airlines & Government
Joe Cortez

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The children of man lost on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are suing the airline and Malaysian Government for gross negligence and breach of duty.

An attorney representing two children who lost their father on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 after it disappeared on March 8 has announced intent to sue both the airline and the Malaysian Government over the incident. The Independent reports the two children, ages 11 and 13, are suing for an undisclosed amount of compensation for mental distress, emotional pain and loss of support.

According to The Independent, the lawsuit accuses both the Malaysian Government and Malaysia Airlines of gross negligence in allowing the Boeing 777-200ER to disappear. Reuters reports that, in addition to the airline and the Malaysian Government, the lawsuit also involves the leaders of the Civil Aviation Department, the Immigration Department and the Malaysian Air Force as co-defendants.

“We have waited for eight months,” said Arunan Selvaraj, the children’s attorney. “After speaking to various experts, we believe we have sufficient evidence for a strong case. A big plane missing in this age of technology is really unacceptable.”

The Independent identified the children’s father as Jee Jing Hang, 41, a businessman who was a passenger of the missing flight.

Although this is the first lawsuit directly attributed to the MH370 tragedy, this is not the first legal action taken surrounding the ill-fated flight. Earlier this year, AP reports, a hearing to preserve potential evidence, which was allegedly being held by both Malaysian Airlines and Boeing, was dismissed due to improper filing.

The children’s lawsuit is the second one Malaysia Airlines is facing for flights that ended in tragedy this year. In September, the families of three Germans killed in July after MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine announced their intent to sue the airline.

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