More Than 70 Aboard Crashed Asiana Jet Reach Settlements

 / Updated 
Image: BEST OF 2013 - Boeing 777 Crashes At San Francisco Airport
A Boeing 777 airplane lies burned on the runway after it crash landed at San Francisco International Airport July 6, 2013 in San Francisco, California.Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.

More than 70 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago have reached a settlement in their lawsuits against the airline, attorneys for the passengers and airline said in a court filing Tuesday.

The settlement with 72 passengers who filed personal injury claims also includes Boeing Co., which made the airplane, and Air Cruisers Co., the New Jersey company that made its evacuation slides.

The filing did not include the settlement's financial terms, and plaintiffs' attorney Frank Pitre said those details are confidential.

This is the first set of lawsuits stemming from the crash to be resolved, he said. Dozens of additional cases involving more than 70 plaintiffs are still pending in federal court in Northern California.

"This is the first positive step for these passengers to be able to get closure on a tragic, catastrophic crash and hopefully try to get their lives back together," Pitre said. "We're pleased we've been able to get this first phase resolved." Calls to attorneys for Asiana, Boeing and Air Cruisers Co. were not immediately returned.

The July 6, 2013, crash of Asiana Flight 214 killed three Chinese teens and left nearly 200 people injured.

The Boeing 777 traveling from South Korea slammed into a seawall at the end of a runway during final approach to San Francisco International Airport. The impact ripped off the back of the plane, tossed out three flight attendants and their seats, and scattered pieces of the jet across the runway as it spun and skidded to a stop.

U.S. safety investigators blamed the pilots, saying they bungled the landing approach by inadvertently deactivating the plane's key control for airspeed, among other errors.

Image: BEST OF 2013 - Boeing 777 Crashes At San Francisco Airport
A Boeing 777 airplane lies burned on the runway after it crash landed at San Francisco International Airport July 6, 2013 in San Francisco, California.Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.
MORE FROM news