It has been nearly eight months since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, never to be seen or heard from again.
In that time, a coalition of multiple nations has participated in the search for clues as to Flight 370’s fate. But as of yet, there are no concrete answers.
A number of critics agree that a combination of negligence and gross incompetence is largely to blame for hindering early search efforts for Flight 370.
But these criticisms have transformed into a massive lawsuit against both the Malaysian government and Malaysia Airlines.
13-year-old Jee Kinson and 11-year-old Jee Kinland filed a lawsuit in the Kuala Lumpur High Court following the loss of their father Jee Jing Hang.
According to court documents, the plaintiffs have accused both the government and airline of negligence and failing to contact the missing plane within a reasonable amount of time.
The suit also seems to blame the government for an inability to recover a plane that has been missing for many months.
Arunan Selvaraj, the lawyer representing Kinson and Kinland said, “A big plane missing in this age of technology is really unacceptable.”
Selvaraj also stated that his clients had been more than patient in waiting to file their suit over Flight 370.
“We have waited for eight months. After speaking to various experts, we believe we have sufficient evidence for a strong case.”
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The two young boys are suing for damages incurred by the loss of their father, who like hundreds of other passengers remains unaccounted for.
Prior to his presumed death on Flight 370, Jee Jing Hang owned an internet business that earned a monthly income of about 17,000 ringgit or $5,200.
In addition to suing over the loss of his financial support, the young boys are suing for emotional stress and mental duress brought on by the Flight 370 tragedy.
These young boys represent the first case filed in relation to the missing plane in court. Following the outcome of this trial, it may touch off a firestorm of legal actions taken against both Malaysia Airlines and the Malaysian government itself.
It’s been reported that numerous Chinese families (most of the victims on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were in fact from China) have hired a lawyer. However, no legal actions have been taken at this point.