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Boeing Sued by Estates of Pilots Killed in Bagram Jet Crash (1)

August 28, 2013

The Boeing Co. (BA:US) was sued by the estates of three pilots killed in the April 29 crash of a cargo plane near Bagram Airfield, the U.S. Air Force base in Afghanistan.

The crash of the Boeing 747-400 jet operated by National Air Cargo Group Inc., which killed all seven people aboard, was video recorded on the dashboard-mounted camera of a nearby vehicle and posted on Google Inc.’s YouTube website.

The estates of Jeremy Lipka, Rinku Summan and Jamie Brokaw accused the company of negligently converting the plane it made from passenger to cargo use, in three separate complaints filed today in an Illinois court in Chicago.

“At the time the subject aircraft left the control of the defendant, the Boeing Co., the subject aircraft was defective, not fit for its intended purposes and unreasonably dangerous,” according to each of the filings.

Marc Birtel, a spokesman for the Chicago-based company, declined to comment on the allegations.

The estates claim the plane may have been defective in at least one of several ways, including a cargo restraint system insufficient to transport and hold “high density, rolling cargo” it carried on the fatal flight that fell from the sky shortly after taking off from the U.S. Air Force base bound for Dubai.

Accusing the company of causing the fliers’ wrongful deaths, the estates are seeking unspecified money damages.

The cases are Brokaw v. The Boeing Co., 2013L009650; Thompson v. The Boeing Co., 2013L009651 and Virdi v. The Boeing Co., 2013L009652, Cook County, Illinois, Circuit Court, Law Division (Chicago).

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Harris in the Chicago federal courthouse at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at

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