Families of 12 passengers killed in last year's Alaska Airlines crash are seeking millions of dollars from the Federal Aviation Administration.
In claims filed Tuesday in Washington, D.C., against the federal government, lawyers for the families said the FAA and the U.S. Department of Transportation were negligent in their oversight of the airline and failed to ensure compliance with certain regulations.
"They didn't do what they were supposed to do," said Paul Hedlund, a partner with Baum, Hedlund, Aristei, Guilford & Downey in Los Angeles. "This is a series of checks and balances. The government is supposed to provide a check, and it did not in this case."
FAA officials could not be reached for comment.
If the government denies the claims, the families intend to sue in federal court, Hedlund said. He declined to state the amount family members are seeking. Lawyer Mary Schiavo, a former inspector general for the Department of Transportation who in recent years has been a critic of the FAA, is assisting the firm with its case.