China Eastern, GE Sued on 2004 Airplane Crash, Beijing News Says

Relatives of people killed in a 2004 plane crash sued China Eastern Airlines Corp., its parent, Bombardier Inc. (BBD/B) and General Electric Co. (GE) for 132 million yuan ($21 million), Beijing News said, citing the families’ lawyer.

The group is also seeking a detailed crash report, public apologies and a monument at the accident site, lawyer Hao Junbo said, according to the newspaper. Hearings began yesterday in the Beijing Second Intermediate People’s Court, the report said.

The case centers on a November 2004 crash in which a Bombardier CRJ-200 plane operated by China Eastern plunged into a frozen lake in the northern city of Baotou, shortly after takeoff, killing 55. The plane crash was the nation’s deadliest since 2002, according to the Aviation Safety Network website.

China Eastern and engine-maker GE declined to comment. Bombardier didn’t immediately reply to e-mails from Bloomberg News. The case was accepted by the court in 2009, the newspaper said.

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