Two teenage boys have sued Malaysia Airlines and the Malaysia government regarding the loss of their father, Jee Jing Hang, on the airline’s Flight MH 370 which went missing last March 8 of this year, according to The Guardian on Friday. The lawsuit is the first filed against the aircraft firm and the country by a relative of any of the passengers on the ill-fated flight. The boys who are suing – Jee Kinson, 13 years old, and Jee Kinland, 11 years old – have accused the civil aviation department of negligence. The negligence is for failing to try and contact the jetliner within a reasonable amount of time after it went missing from radar as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beiing. Their father was one of 239 people aboard the flight.
The lawsuit has been filed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court. The suit claims that the airline company neglected to and failed to take all necessary measures to ensure a safe flight for the passengers on the jetliner. In addition to naming the Malaysian Airlines in the suit, the directors-general of civil aviation and immigration, Malaysia’s air force chief, and the government were named in the lawsuit. They have been accused of allegedly committing a breach of duty and gross neglect concerning the plane’s demise.
Arunan Selvaraj serves as one of the boys’ lawyers. He said that they have waited for eight months and after speaking to various experts, they believe they have sufficient evidence for a strong case against the defendants in the lawsuit. Summing up the accusations against the defendants, he said that a big plane missing in the current age of technology is really unacceptable.
ABC News reports that the boys are seeking damages for mental distress, emotional pain and the loss of their financial support. The support, obviously, was from their father who disappeared via the passenger airline flight. The father earned the equivalent in U.S. currency of approximately $5,200 a month as the owner of an Internet company.
It is believed that a number of Chinese families have retained lawyers. However, it is not believed that any of them have actually filed a lawsuit yet – as the two teenage boys have done on Friday. Jeremy Joseph, an aviation attorney, asserts that the two teenage boys, indeed, have a legal case. He believes the authorities involved with the missing flight need to answer to the charges against them in court. However, he summarizes, that the lawsuit will not be easy for the boys because the plane has not been recovered. He said that without knowing the actual cause of the horrific incident, everything is very speculative.
The Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 went missing approximately eight months ago. It is thought that it descended into the southern portion of the Indian Ocean. Again, up to this point in time, no wreckage from the flight has been found, reports the Huffington Post.