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EgyptAir Crash Lawsuit Filed

November 18, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ A $50 million wrongful-death lawsuit was filed Wednesday by the estate of a New Jersey chef who died aboard EgyptAir Flight 990.

Ghassan Koujan, 38, of Paterson, N.J., was among the 217 people on the Cairo-bound Boeing 767 when it crashed into the Atlantic on Oct. 31.

Attorney Gerald H. Baker said he believed the lawsuit he filed in U.S. District Court was the first to result from the tragedy.

He said he filed it quickly to put pressure on EgyptAir to compensate survivors, including Koujan’s widow and three children who were weeks away from joining him in the United States from Syria when the plane crashed.

The lawsuit named EgyptAir and the Boeing Co. as defendants. EgyptAir did not immediately return a message left late Wednesday. Boeing spokesman Doug Webb said the company as a matter of policy does not comment on lawsuits.

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