KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Two children who lost their father on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are suing the airline for negligence, claiming workers did not contact the plane soon enough after it dropped off the radar.
Jee Kinson, 13, and Jee Kinnland, 11, called the airline, officials at Malaysia's civil aviation and immigration agencies, and the country's air force chief responsible for the disappearance of the jet March 8. They claim the airline was negligent in failing to immediately attempt to contact the plane after it disappeared and breached the "safe passage" element of their contract.
In the suit, filed Friday at the Kuala Lumpur High Court, the children seek damages for mental distress, emotional pain and the loss of support resulting from the disappearance of their father, Jee Jing Hang.
They also contend the airline failed to properly vet the passengers, as some boarded with fake documentation.
"We have waited for eight months. After speaking to various experts, we believe we have sufficient evidence for a strong case. A big plane missing in this age of technology is really unacceptable," said the boys' lawyer, Arunan Selvaraj.
Airline officials said they have no official notification of the lawsuit.
The search for the missing airliner continues on the ocean floor off Australia, where it is believed to have crashed.