Australian widow of MH370 victim sue Malaysia Airlines

Melbourne, Feb 25 (IANS) The widow of a Melbourne-based Chinese businessman who was a passenger on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has sued the company, claiming the crew may have orchestrated its mysterious disappearance.

Jennifer Chong has launched civil action against the airline, seeking $115,000 for the unexplained death of her husband, Chong Ling Tan, Xinhua news aganecy reported on Thursday.

Chong filed a statement of claim late Wednesday.

In the legal documents, Chong has alleged that Malaysia Airlines should be accountable for the actions of their crew.

“By reason of the breach of duty of care, the defendant’s aircraft disappeared and is presumed to have crashed, causing the death of the deceased and consequent loss and damage to the first plaintiff, the children of the deceased and other dependants,” Chong said in the documents submitted to the court.

Chong, who immigrated to Australia from Malaysia with her husband in 2011, claims that the crew failed in their duty to ensure the flight landed safely. She is reportedly seeking the payout for pain and suffering she and her two sons have endured.

Within the documents, Chong also asserts that a crew member, or potentially crew members, may have “deliberately altered the course of the aircraft resulting in its loss at sea”.

The Boeing 777, travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, was carrying 239 people — 227 passengers, 12 crew — when it went missing on March 8, 2014.

The Malaysian government officially confirmed that there were no survivors in January 2015.

The Australian search for the missing flight in the southern Indian Ocean is nearing its end, with the team having found no trace of the plane despite scouring around 85,000 sq.km of the 120,000-sq.km search area.

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