LAST_UPDATETue, 19 Jun 2018 2pm

[News Release] MH370: Families Of 44 Passengers Takes Legal Action Against Malaysian Airlines

 Almost two years after Flight MH370 was declared missing, and just days before the statutory limitation comes into force, families of 44 passengers aboard the ill-fated flight have filed a legal action at the High Court of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia against Malaysia Airlines Systems Berhad (MAS), Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) and Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality for damages arising out of the MH370 tragedy.

The claim for negligence and breach of contract on the part of MAS with regards to Flight MH370 was filed on March 4 on behalf of the 44 victims, of which 42 were Chinese nationals whilst two were Americans. The families are primarily seeking compensation for the loss of life of their loved ones as well as the traumatic psychiatric injury, nervous shock and post-traumatic stress suffered by the families.

Commenting on the filing of the claim, Min Huang, mother of MH370 passenger Zhang Meng, said, “There is just no way to describe the horror, fear pain and hurt of the past two years. I cannot help but think about my daughter’s hours on that plane. Every day we hope for a miracle to bring her back to us. This legal action is probably the last and only hope for some semblance of justice for us and the other families affected by this tragedy.”

The claim was filed through Kuala Lumpur-based solicitors, Messrs Thomas Philip and follows similar proceedings filed through American law firm, Motley Rice LLC, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

For this case, Messrs Thomas Philip is working in collaboration with Motley Rice LLC which specialises in investigating, litigating and resolving aviation crash cases against airlines, manufacturers, maintenance contractors, airports, air traffic control and government entities.

Motley Rice’s aviation team is led by Mary Schiavo, a CNN Analyst and former U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General with extensive experience in aviation related suits. Schiavo said, “I have followed the MH370 incident from the very beginning and I am acutely aware of the intricacies of the case. The families have endured significant grief and suffering as a result of the negligence and breach of contract by the defendants.”

“We have identified Messrs Thomas Philip to represent the families in Malaysia. We will be working tirelessly with them to ensure that the families obtain the recourse they rightly deserve,” she added.

Mathew Thomas Philip, commenting on the Malaysian proceedings on behalf of Messrs Thomas Philip said, “We are working with Motley LLC in representing the families of the passengers lost on Fight MH370 and will do everything to ensure that the families receive justice and proper compensation for their loss.”