Don Yoon’s wife, mother-in-law and two young daughters perished in the family’s University City home almost two years ago when a military plane flying over the area experienced major difficulties and crashed through their roof. The plane crash destroyed Yoon’s home, as well as a neighbor’s, while severely damaging three more.
Still struggling to come to terms with his loss, Yoon filed a wrongful death and personal injury lawsuit last Wednesday in order to, he hopes, prevent such a tragedy from occurring to another family.
The plane that crashed, an F/A-18D Hornet manufactured by Boeing, experienced single engine failure shortly after taking off. The pilot asked for and received the go-ahead to fly over the heavily populated San Diego suburb on his way to Miramar Marine Corps Air Station. When the second engine failed, the pilot ejected from the plane, which then crashed.
Yoon publicly forgave the pilot involved in the crash, but holds both the United States military and Boeing responsible for problems that were known to exist. He claims that the plane involved was known to have engine problems and that the government violated many of its own rules regarding safety and maintenance in letting the pilot take it out.
He also claims that Boeing officials knew of problems with engines used in those planes and that both they and the government failed to take appropriate action.
Marine officials have already admitted to errors made prior to the crash and have instituted procedural changes designed to prevent any future tragedies.
Yoon is one of more than 30 claims filed in relation to the crash. 24 have been settled for upwards of $900,000. 10 additional claims, together asking for more than $14 million are pending.
- Jet crash lawsuit seeks to prevent another tragedy (Sign on San Diego)