United Hit With $16M Suit Over Vietnam Airlines Fire

Law360, New York (July 29, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT) -- Vietnam Airlines Co. Ltd. and two insurers hit United Air Lines Inc. with a $16 million breach of contract suit Thursday in Illinois, seeking to hold United's engineers liable for an engine fire in a passenger aircraft.

The airline and its insurers, Baominh Insurance Corp. and Vietnam National Reinsurance Corp., allege that United’s engineers breached the airlines’ ground handling agreement by negligently running a grounded aircraft’s engine while it contained fuel, causing the engine to ignite and damage the aircraft.

In July 2008, a Vietnam Airlines Boeing 777-200 engine caught fire shortly...
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Case Information

Case Title

Vietnam National Reinsurance Corporation et al v. United Air Lines, Inc. et al

Case Number



Illinois Northern

Nature of Suit

195(Contract Product Liability)


Honorable Charles P. Kocoras

Date Filed

July 27, 2011

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