Settlement reached in aftermath of Asiana Airlines crash


Dr. Kyung Rhan Rha sued Asiana Airlines for injuries suffered in the July 6, 2013, crash at SFO in which four people died and 49 of the 307 people on board were injured. She claims an injury to her right arm precludes her from grasping the tools she needs as a prosthodontist, a surgical dentist who handles facial and dental problems that involve restoring missing tooth and jaw structures.

The airline had challenged the severity of Rha’s injury.

“A confidential settlement of Dr. Rha’s case has been reached,” the spokeswoman for Rha’s attorney told Bay Area News Group. “The trial is off calendar.”

Jury selection was scheduled to start Friday in the trial that would have only determined damages because Asiana had already admitted liability for the crash.

All other known claims by the 307 people on board the aircraft had been settled out of court. This was the only one that got close to trial.

The Boeing 777 was finishing a transpacific flight from Incheon International Airport near Seoul, South Korea, when Flight 214’s tail and landing gear struck an SFO sea wall and cartwheeled onto the runway. Federal investigators concluded the air crew was at fault.

Source: Mercury News

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