- Hana Alem
Boeing to pay USD1.4 million for each victim’s family of ET302
Ethiopian Reporter 9 January 2021By Samuel Getachew
The Victims of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 are set to receive USD1.4 million in compensation payments from Boeing as part of a settlement that includes money for the crash victims’ families, airline customers and airlines, as well as a fine. The settlement, announced by the US Justice Department, includes a criminal monetary penalty worth a quarter of a billion, compensation worth USD 1.77 billion and a USD 500 million crash victim fund to go to those impacted by the faulty jet in Ethiopia and the Indonesia Lion Air Flight 610. Expected to be split equally, each family is set to receive USD1.4 million each. Among those who lost their lives on the Ethiopian flight was a large delegation of United Nations bureaucrats heading to Nairobi to attend an international gathering on the environment. America’s multinational and one of its most important brands in the world, has been in hot waters since the crashes. “The tragic crashes of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 exposed fraudulent and deceptive conduct by employees of one of the world’s leading commercial airplane manufacturers,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General David P. Burns of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “Boeing’s employees chose the path of profit over candor by concealing material information from the FAA concerning the operation of its 737 Max airplane and engaging in an effort to cover up their deception. This resolution holds Boeing accountable for its employees’ criminal misconduct, addresses the financial impact to Boeing’s airline customers, and hopefully provides some measure of compensation to the crash-victims’ families and beneficiaries,” he added. The Ethiopian jet crashed less than six minutes after take-off with 149 passengers and eight crew members on board. On board were a number of citizens from Kenya, Canada, America, Great Britain and Ethiopia. “Following the Ethiopian Airlines crash, the FAA AEG learned that the MCAS activated during the flight may have played a role in the crash. On March 13, 2019, the 737 MAX was officially grounded in the US, indefinitely halting further flights of this airplane by any US-based airline,” the statement from the airline read. With the banning of the jet over safety issues, there has been talk of a permanent ban. However, airlines have started operating the plane after regulators gave it the go ahead. America’s current President, Donald J. Trump, has been sending rumbling tweets with his endorsement of the airline, even suggesting a name change and have the MAX fly once again. To date, Ethiopian Airlines has parked all of its four 737 MAX planes and has refused to fly it.