Schiphol crash victims to hire New York law firm

18th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

The foundation representing 50 survivors of the Turkish Airlines flight that crashed in February wants to sue the Boeing cooperation for damages.

Amsterdam – The foundation which represents victims of the Turkish Airlines flight which crashed at Amsterdam Schiphol airport on 25 February plans to hire the New York law firm Kreindler and Kreindler to sue the Boeing corporation for damages.

The Crash Victims 25 February 2009 foundation, which represents more than 50 survivors of the crash, plans to hire Kreindler and Kreindler as they are more experienced in claim cases.

"They (the firm) emerged from the selection procedure as a solid trustworthy partner with a great deal of experience in claims like this," said the foundation's chairman Dan Huesmann.

The crash investigation revealed a faulty altimeter caused the Boeing 737 to throttle back to idle. The three pilots, failed to react quickly enough to prevent a stall and crash, killing nine people and injuring 86.

The foundation announced at the weekend that it is setting up a trust fund to pay for any sickness and damage claims which may emerge in future. The fund, it said, should be financed by those responsible for the crash.

Huesmann added: "We are pleased to note that the insurers of Turkish Airlines are among those prepared to work with us in seeking an adequate financial solution. People who have experienced a disaster like this suffer twice over if they have to wait endlessly for a settlement."

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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