Courts will treat passengers differently

2013-07-14 20:19
This aerial photo shows the wreckage of the Asiana Flight 214 airplane after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. (File, AP)

This aerial photo shows the wreckage of the Asiana Flight 214 airplane after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. (File, AP)

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San Francisco - When the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 goes to court, the potential payouts will probably be vastly different for Americans and passengers from other countries, even if they were seated side by side as the South Korean jetliner crash-landed.

An international treaty governs compensation to passengers harmed by international air travel - from damaged luggage to crippling injuries and death. The pact is likely to close US courts to many foreigners, forcing them to pursue claims in Asia and elsewhere, where lawsuits are rarer, harder to win and offer smaller payouts.

Northern California attorney Frank Pitre represents two Americans who were aboard the plane. He says US citizens will have no problem getting into US courts. Others, he says, will have a fight on their hands.

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