Thu, Jun 01, 2006
Accuse Boeing, P&W, And Airline Of Negligence
Seven survivors of the 2005 downing of a TANS Peru airliner in
the Amazon, and the father of a six-month-old baby killed in the
accident, are suing Boeing, engine manufacturer Pratt &
Whitney, and Peruvian airline TANS for liability, negligence, and
The lawsuits allege the Boeing 737-200 that went down August 23,
killing more than 40 onboard, was "unreasonably dangerous," as the
plane was not capable of flying safely in the severe weather that
led the plane's flight crew to attempt an emergency landing.
The Associated Press reports the lawsuits -- filed by the Nolan
Law Group in Cook County Circuit Court, as Boeing is based in
Chicago -- state the aged airliner was defective because it was
"incapable of continued safe flight in tropical environments in
which clouds contained high liquid water content," and that Boeing
and Pratt & Whitney were negligent in reporting such a
performance limitation to the airline.
The lawsuit also claims that the wind shear detection system in
the 737-200 failed -- a system one lawyer said federal authorities
had found problems with before, in an accident nine years earlier
-- and that TANS did not properly train its pilots to handle such
As Aero-News reported last
August, TANS Peru Flight 204 was flying from the
Peruvian capital of Lima to the Amazon city of Pucallpa when it
went down in bad weather. It was the second fatal accident for that
airline in as many years.
Representatives with Boeing... TANS... and Pratt & Whitney
either declined comment, or were unavailable on Wednesday.
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