MH370 Tragedy May Have Caused By Electrical Failures, says US Lawsuit

By Eamon J Jawatin | Mar 09, 2017 01:06 AM EST

The progression of disastrous electrical and other failures may have prompted to the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) over the Indian Ocean, based on a lawsuit filed in the US on behalf of the families of 44 individuals on board the still missing plane.

Filed on Friday in US District Court in South Carolina by Gregory Keith, the lawsuit against Boeing names seven malfunction - from an electrical fire to depressurization of the plane's cabin that could have prompted to the crew losing consciousness, the plane's transponder halting its transmission and the plane flying undetected until it crashed after running out of fuel.  

Gregory, who filed the lawsuit is a special administrator for families who lost their loved ones from the tragedy. It names 44 victims as plaintiffs. The lawsuit was filed in South Carolina due to the massive new plant constructed by Boeing to build the 787 Dreamliner. MH370 was a Boeing 777, however the lawsuit however did not state where it was made.

Boeing does not give any official statements on the pending lawsuit, but according to a statement by spokesperson Tom Kin, the thoughts continue to be with the people who died on Flight 370. One of the lawyers representing the Flight 370 families is Mary Schiavo, a former inspector general of the US Department of Transportation.

The airplane vanished March 8, 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board. Malaysia, Australia and China suspended a nearly three-year search in the southern Indian Ocean on January 17 after failing to retrieve any solid trace of the plane.

According to, the lawsuit notes that search efforts for the plane have ended and says the lack of finality has led to unprecedented levels of "economic and non-economic losses, emotional and physical pain, distress and mental pain and suffering" for the people on the airliner and their families. It does not ask for a specific amount of damages.

The lawsuit claimed that Boeing didn't utilize available technology on its 777 planes that would have allowed them to be tracked at all circumstances and made the flight and cockpit voice recorders easier to discover.

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