Final Lawsuit Settled in Deadly San Francisco Plane Crash

October 2, 2017

A California dentist who was aboard an Asiana Airlines plane that crashed in San Francisco four years ago, killing three girls and injuring roughly 200 others, has reached a settlement with the airline, ending what her attorney said was the last pending lawsuit in the U.S. stemming from the crash.

Ronald Goldman, an attorney for Kyung Rhan Rha, said in late September that the terms of the settlement were confidential. But he said Rha’s case was the last to get resolved of the dozens of passenger and crew lawsuits that had been consolidated before a federal judge in California.

Rha and her daughter were among 291 passengers aboard Asiana Flight 214 from South Korea when it crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, 2013.

U.S. safety investigators said the pilots bungled the landing approach by inadvertently deactivating the plane’s key control for airspeed, among other errors. The plane slammed into a seawall at the end of a runway during final approach.

The impact ripped off the back of the aircraft and scattered pieces of the jet across the runway as it spun and skidded to a stop. Two teenage girls who investigators say appeared not to be wearing their seatbelts died. A third girl died when she was accidentally run over by a firefighter responding in a truck.

The 16-year girl was ejected from the plane and covered by flame-retardant foam when she was hit by the truck. The injured included two flight attendants who were thrown onto the runway.

More than 100 injured passengers sued and reached settlements with the airline. The family of the girl struck by a firetruck sued the city of San Francisco and also reached a settlement. Settlement details have remained confidential.