Boeing struck a settlement with relatives of those who died on a 2019 Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed due to malfunctions on its 737 MAX aircraft, with the company acknowledging it is responsible for the loss of life.
The aerospace firm agreed to settle with lawyers representing the families of some of the victims on Wednesday, promising to compensate them. “Completely and fairly” provided they reduce any claims for damages for an accident that killed 157 people, Reuters reported, citing a filing with the United States District Court in Chicago.
“By accepting responsibility, Boeing’s agreement with families allows the parties to focus their efforts on determining the appropriate compensation for each family,” the company said of the agreement.
Lawyers for the victims’ relatives, meanwhile, hailed the deal as one “A significant milestone for families in the search for justice”, stating that, in the agreement, Boeing acknowledged that the MAX vessel operated by Ethiopia Airlines was in “Unsafe conditions” and that the company “I will not try to blame anyone else” for the lethal crash.
While the deal itself did not stipulate any figure for compensation payments, it did allow families to pursue individual claims within the US legal system, as opposed to their home countries.
The 2019 Ethiopia Airlines crash followed another disastrous crash involving the 737 MAX, a 2018 Lion Air flight departing Indonesia that killed 189 people. Both incidents are thought to have been caused by a malfunction of a flight control system on the MAX, as well as by Boeing’s inability to properly train pilots to operate that system. The plane remained on the ground globally for some time before it was allowed to fly again, and Boeing has since said it has made major changes, both “As a company” Other “To the design of the 737 MAX,” to ensure such incidents “It will never happen again.”
Although Boeing did not reach a similar settlement agreement with the families of the Lion Air victims, it was forced to shell out more than $ 2.5 billion for resolve a charge of criminal association earlier this year, by agreeing to pay $ 243.6 million in fines to the US government, $ 1.77 billion to the airlines that bought the defective aircraft, and another $ 500 million to a fund to help the relatives of those who died in the two accidents. Most recently, a chief test pilot who worked at MAX was also charged with alleged fraud to regulators. “In an effort to save Boeing money.”
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