SHEFFIELD — Samya Stumo’s death on March 10 was no accident, according to her mother Nadia Milleron.
“An accident is something that couldn’t have been prevented. This could have been prevented,” Milleron said at an emotional press conference near Boeing’s headquarters in Chicago last week.
The Stumo family announced they would file the first lawsuit in federal court against Boeing and Rosemount Aerodynamics in the wake of the the Ethiopia Airlines Flight 302 crash in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, last month. Samya, 24, a 2010 Mount Everett graduate, died aboard the plane along with 156 other passengers. A representative from Clifford Law Associates said the family is not speaking to press about the legal action and is letting their statements at the press conference stand on their own.
The suit alleges the aircraft manufacturer favored profits over safety by combining poor aircraft design and faulty software without proper safety inspections or pilot training. The action also brings a suit against Rosemont Aerodynamics, the Vermont-based designer of the sensors that malfunctioned triggering the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) flight control system that caused both the Ethiopia Airlines flight and the Indonesian Lion Air Flight 610 last year, which killed 189 people.
They also filed a tort claim against the Federal Aviation Association (FAA).
The family is seeking undisclosed civil damages and is represented by San Francisco-based Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy and Chicago-based Clifford Law Firm.
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