Boeing and the families of victims on the 2018 Ethiopia Airlines Flight that collided due to malfunctions of its 737 MAX plane have reached an agreement. Boeing acknowledged it was responsible.
Aerospace firm reached an agreement with the lawyers representing some victims’ families on Wednesday and offered to compensate them. “fully and fairly”They must drop all claims for punitive damages in relation to a collision that resulted in the death of 157 persons, Reuters reports, citing a Chicago filing.
“By accepting responsibility, Boeing’s agreement with the families allows the parties to focus their efforts on determining the appropriate compensation for each family,”According to the company, the settlement was completed.
The lawyers of victims’ relatives, meanwhile, hailed the agreement as a “significant milestone for the families in their pursuit of justice,”Boeing said that Ethiopia Airlines had operated MAX crafts and that they were in an agreement with Boeing. “unsafe condition”That the company “will not attempt to blame anyone else”For the fatal crash.
The agreement itself didn’t specify any specific figures for compensation, but it gave families the option to make individual claims under the US system of law, rather than in their own countries.
After another fatal crash involving 737 MAX aircrafts in 2018, the 2019 Ethiopia Airlines tragedy was followed by another deadly accident involving 737 MAX flights out of Indonesia, 2018 Lion Air. This flight killed 189. Both accidents are thought to have been caused by a malfunction with a flight control system on the MAX, as well as Boeing’s failure to properly train pilots to operate that system. The plane was grounded globally for some time before being cleared to fly again, Boeing has since said that it’s made major changes, both “as a company” and “to the design of the 737 MAX,”To prevent such crashes “never happen again.”
Boeing did not reach a comparable settlement with the victims of Lion Air, but it had to spend $2.5 billion earlier in the year to resolve a criminal conspiracy case. It agreed to $243.6M in penalties, $1.77B to the US government and $500M to an account to support the family of those who died in the accidents. A chief test pilot on the MAX who was also a victim of fraud was also indicted. “in an attempt to save Boeing money.”
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