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MAS, MAB Told To File Defence In MH17 Suit

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KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has ordered Malaysia Airlines to respond to a civil suit filed by the next-of-kin of six MAS crew members on board flight MH17 over claims of breach of contract and negligence.

Deputy registrar Mohamad Shafiq Mohd Sazali directed Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) and Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB), named as defendants in the civil action, to file their respective statements of defence by July 27.

Speaking to reporters after the parties met the deputy registrar in chambers, the plaintiffs’ lawyer S. Malini said the case is now slotted for case management on Aug 29 before High Court judge Justice Hue Siew Kheng.

“Once we get a copy of the defence, we will apply for discovery of documents if necessary,” she said.

The lawyer for MAS, Lai Wai Fong, confirmed the details.

The next-of-kin of the crew members had on June 2 sued MAS and MAB for alleged negligence and breach of contract over the deaths of their loved ones.

Flight MH17, a Boeing 777-200ER airliner, was shot down while on a scheduled flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2014.

The crash, which killed all 298 on board, is believed to have been caused by a surface-to-air missile, in eastern Ukraine.

The six crew members named in the suit are in-flight supervisor Mohd Ghafar Abu Bakar, leading flight stewardess Lee Hui Pin, flight stewardesses Chong Yee Pheng, Hamfazlin Sham Mohamed Arifin, Nur Shazana Mohamed Salleh and flight steward Sanjid Singh Sandhu

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