Boeing has accepted full responsibility for the second crash of its 737 Max model in Ethiopia, settling agreements with the families of the 157 victims.
The planemaker acknowledged full liability for the deaths of the crash victims and will compensate their families accordingly under Illinois law, according to a filing in the U.S. District Court in Chicago.
In return, the families will not seek punitive damages against Boeing, but lawyers said that the company would still be held “fully accountable” for producing “an airplane that had an unsafe condition”.
The Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max in 2019 crashed just after takeoff from Addis Ababa for Nairobi. There were no survivors of the incident. It was the second crash of the 737 Max model after a Lion Air plane crashed in Indonesia a year before, killing 189 people.
Earlier this year, Boeing was charged for conspiracy after it was found that the company covered up several deficiencies in the 737 Max model upon evaluations of the Federal Aviation Administration.
Boeing had admitted to the victims’ families “that the 737 MAX had an unsafe condition, and that it will not attempt to blame anyone else” for the crash, lawyers noted.
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