The children of a passenger onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 — the plane that disappeared in March — have filed what is believed to be the first lawsuit over the aircraft's disappearance.
According to Asia One, the sons of 41-year-old Jee Jing Hang, aged 13 and 11, "filed the suit through their mother."
Malaymail Online says the suit accuses Malaysia Airlines for breach of contract and negligence, while accusing the country's government and several federal entities "for negligence through 'vicarious liability.'"
The family's lawyer reportedly says statements made by the Prime Minister of Malaysia on March 24 conclude the search for the missing plane had "ended in the Southern Indian Ocean."
In turn, the lawyer reportedly says this shows a "'strong conclusion and indication' of the aircraft’s fate."
He's quoted in Al Jazeera as saying, "We have waited for eight months. 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 lawsuit comes as Malaysia Airlines admitted Friday it has "work to do" to regain trust and consumer confidence after the tragedy of not just MH370, but MH17 — the airliner shot down over Ukraine this summer, killing the nearly 300 people on board. (Video via BBC)
Search missions for the Flight MH370 resumed in early October after a four-month hiatus but, like previous attempts, have thus far come up empty-handed.
Flight MH370 disappeared more than seven months ago on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers onboard. It's considered the longest and largest search operation for a commercial aircraft in aviation history.
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