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Suit: Faulty Boeing equipment caused ‘violent’ Indonesian plane crash

Updated: January 15, 2013 9:10PM

The families of over a dozen people killed when a plane crashed into an Indonesian mountain last May are suing Chicago-based Boeing Corporation, alleging the airplane manufacturer manufactured and installed faulty safety equipment that played a role in the crash

On May 9 the brand new SSJ-100 plane -- carrying the 14 deceased Indonesians who are named in the wrongful death suit -- crashed into Mount Salak near Jakarta after the “enhanced ground proximity warning system” malfunctioned, according to a suit filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court.

The plane, which was built by Boeing and Russian plane builder Sukhoi Aircraft Co., was “defective and unreasonably dangerous” when it was cleared for flight, the six-count suit alleges.

Specifically, the suit claims the ground-warning system did not notify pilots that the plane had veered off course and -- to more calamitous result -- did not activate when the plane approached the mountain.

Furthermore, the suit alleges the controls were sold and distributed by Boeing without adequate inspection and testing.

The suit, which seeks an unspecified amount of money, says Boeing’s negligence and failure to “exercise care”contributed to the “violent crash.”

Boeing officials did not respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

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