Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared three years ago and a class action lawsuit filed against Boeing alleges that a series of electrical and other equipment malfunctions led to the crash of the still-missing airliner.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court of the Central District of South Carolina by the families of 44 missing passengers on the plane, claims that Boeing was negligent in the design, manufacturing and sale of the Boeing 777 and that the crash of MH370 was a “reasonable and foreseeable consequence” of the alleged defects.

Flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, after taking off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport for Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew members. Investigators concluded that the plane disappeared somewhere over the Indian Ocean. Debris from the crash has never been found and the lawsuit claims that Boeing equipped the airliner with location technology it knew to be ineffective in cases of plane crashes over water, thereby making it impossible to find the lost plane.

The lawsuit says that it was possible that a fire could have started aboard the airliner due to defective electrical wiring, leading to a cascading series of catastrophic events that would have brought the plane down -- events caused by equipment that was “defective and subject to failure.”

According to the complaint, ͞The defects caused and/or allowed a massive and cascading sequence of electrical failures on board the lost plane which disabled vital systems ... making it impossible for the crew to navigate the plane or for the plane to communicate with the ground stations leaving the aircraft to fly without the ability to communicate or control the aircraft until the plane ran out of fuel."

The lawsuit cites a December 2015 ATSB (Australian Transport Safety Bureau) report that “the most likely cause of the disappearance and crash of Flight MH370 was a massive and cascading sequence of electrical failures onboard the Boeing plane.”

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