Relatives of Pieri plane disaster victims applaud the court’s decision to hear case.
The relatives of the ten passengers who died in an aircraft accident at the Pieri Airstrip in Uror County, Jonglei State, in March applauded a decision by the High Court in Juba to continue hearing their lawsuit against the jet’s owner, Ayi Duang Ayi, on Wednesday.
A tiny aircraft (HK 4274) belonging to a local firm, South Supreme Airline, crashed soon after takeoff from an airport near Pieri town on March 2, killing all ten persons on board.
The High Court judge presiding over the case, James Lado Jada, declared on Wednesday that the court chose to continue with legal processes and hear the case and that the parties may appeal.
“As a court, we decided to cease this legal debate and proceed with the legal processes.” Judge Lado made his decision. “The court shall convene for the purpose of formulating the dispute and hearing the prosecution case.” You have the right, as the parties, to appeal the court’s judgment.”
The victims’ relatives hailed the court for rejecting the defendants’ request that the case is postponed until the accident investigation was finished and made public, according to Radio Tamazuj.
“The sending of the black box to Peru has nothing to do with us as families.” “We seek 170,000 USD in compensation for each of the victims, as is required globally for every aircraft disaster victim,” Makuei Puok, a family of two of the crash victims, stated.
Another complaint, John Kel, who lost his wife in the incident, said that the airline was not forthcoming with information concerning the aircraft crash inquiry.
“We’ve been waiting for reimbursement since March,” Kel said. “The airline company’s desire for a black box examination is false.” As a result, we are pleased with the court’s judgment.”
The first hearing in the case has been set for December 13th.