$15 Million Verdict
Wu vs. Singapore Airlines
The Boeing 747-400 involved in the crash took off from a closed runway during a typhoon, but failed to become airborne, instead crashing into airport construction equipment. The fuselage proceeded to break into three parts, and 82 of the 179 people onboard were killed. Singapore Airlines did not contest liability for the accident. The jury awarded $3.5 million to each adult child for each parent lost, despite the airline suggesting that a sum of $1 million per parent per child be awarded. The noneconomic damages received were greater than the $6 million asked for on behalf of the plaintiffs for the wrongful deaths suffered by Mr. and Mrs. Wu.
Hopefully this case will get the message to this airline, and to other airlines, that you can’t put profits over safety and that you can’t jeopardize the lives of your passengers.
– Brian PanishPanish Shea & Boyle LLP