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Boeing begins payments to bereaved families

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/24/19, 10:50 am

Families have until Dec. 31 to file a claim to receive $144,000 for the deaths of their loved ones in the crashes of Boeing 737 Max airplanes. Dozens of families are suing the Chicago-based company after planes went down in October 2018 and March of this year, killing nearly 350 people flying out of Indonesia and Ethiopia. “$144,000 doesn’t come close to compensating any of our families or any of the families,” Nomaan Husain, a Texas-based attorney who is representing 15 families, told the BBC. “This is not something that is going to satisfy the families. The families really want answers.”

When will the 737 Max fly again? Boeing has nearly completed improvements to the planes, but Stephen Dickson, head of the Federal Aviation Administration, said Monday the agency has no timetable for reviewing the changes. Countries around the world grounded the planes after the crashes.

Dig deeper: Read Lynde Langdon’s report in The Sift about how Boeing executives failed to respond to pilots’ concerns about the 737 Max.

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Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 09/25/2019 01:11 am

    Do the reports of lawyers  circling over these tragedies remind anyone else of vultures?  

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    Peter Allen
    Posted: Wed, 09/25/2019 05:53 pm

    "If we didn't have lawyers, we would not need lawyers" I love to say.  Yet this is a case where they are needed because the compensation in this situation is a joke.  

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    Peter Allen
    Posted: Wed, 09/25/2019 06:14 pm

    This is a situation where the lawyers actually serve a purpose in getting a settlement for the families in the face of a company that broke protocol in the certification process.  $144,000 in compensation per family is not near enough.  The money they have lost in aircraft sitting eclipses this figure my a staggering amount.  The amount given to the families may perhaps replace a couple of years wages if the bread winner was lost.  Not near enough for the disregard to safety and common sense in the lack of redundant system design in the Max.  

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 09/26/2019 12:01 am

    Mr. Allen, you’re right. That figure being offered is rather stingy. 

    And like you, I consider Boeing to have been negligent in several aspects leading to the 2 tragic crashes, from design to failure to respond to pilots’ concerns.