The two U.S. attorneys, Gerald C. Sterns and Martin T. Reilley, and U.S. international aviation consultancy firm owner Terrence Ford, held a press conference yesterday in Ankara about the responsibility of the American Boeing company in the plane accident..
They said the preliminary reports prepared by Dutch authorities indicated it was the Boeing manufacturer that was at fault in the accident and that they were ready to help the victims’ families and passengers file a lawsuit against Boeing on their behalf in the United States. The international conventions and agreement between Turkey and the United States permits them to defend the rights of Turkish victims in the United States.
The preliminary reports released by Dutch authorities early in March said the Boeing 737 plane was landing on automatic pilot and a faulty altimeter, a device that measures altitude, played a role in the Turkish Airlines crash that killed nine people in Amsterdam. The airplane had problems with its altimeter on eight occasions earlier.
Sterns said the Turkish pilots had no fault in the accident, as evidenced by the nonexistence of any fire or explosion. A well-designed system had to reduce the human factor to the minimum and Boeing tried to draw attention to other points by releasing repeated statements on the fault of pilots, according to Sterns. He also warned that Boeing could offer money and make the passengers and the families of the victims sign an agreement in return for money.