According to a petition in the US District Court in Chicago, Boeing has accepted responsibility for the Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash on March 12, 2019, in which all 157 passengers and crew members were killed.
According to the agreement, Boeing admitted “that the 737 MAX had a dangerous issue and that it will not attempt to blame anybody else” for the tragedy in a statement.
“Boeing is committed to ensuring that the families who lost loved ones in the accidents are adequately and fairly compensated for their loss,” the statement ended. Boeing’s agreement with the families to accept responsibility allows the parties to concentrate their efforts on calculating the proper compensation for each family.”
“This is a significant milestone for the families in their pursuit of justice against Boeing, as it will ensure that they are all treated equitably and eligible to recover full damages under Illinois law, while also providing a pathway for them to proceed to a final resolution, whether through settlements or trial,” the victims’ lawyers said.
Because of the admission of liability, attorneys for the victims will not seek punitive damages, and Boeing will not intervene in the victims’ Illinois claims.
The date for a hearing has been set by a judge, and lawyers for the victims have said that the compensation “will serve to make Boeing completely accountable for the murders of the 157 persons who perished.”
Boeing has agreed to a deferred prosecution arrangement with the US Department of Justice, which includes US$2.5 billion in fines and compensation, after the disaster of Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air’s 737 MAX jets cost the corporation in the region of US$20 billion.
However, Ralph Nader, the uncle of one of the Ethiopian Airlines victims, has criticized Boeing’s actions, claiming that it now prevents lawyers from examining current and past Boeing executives or pursuing punitive damage claims.
Meanwhile, the relatives of the dead have decided to drop their lawsuits against Rosemount Aerospace, which manufactured the 737 MAX’s sensors, and Raytheon Technologies Corp’s Rockwell Collins, a crucial supplier for the plane.