Aircraft maker Boeing has reached an agreement with the families of the victims of the crash of a 737 MAX in Ethiopia, which killed 157 in March 2019. The agreement does not yet state a sum.
“Boeing is committed to ensuring that all families who have lost loved ones in accidents are fully and fairly compensated,” the company said. “By acknowledging its responsibility, Boeing’s agreement with the families allows the parties to focus on their efforts to determine appropriate compensation for each family.”
On March 10, 2019, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crashed minutes after takeoff from the airport of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. All 157 people on board flight ET302, representing 35 different nationalities, were killed. It was the second fatal crash of the aircraft type in months, and the aircraft was grounded worldwide just days later.
The two accidents brought Boeing into the worst crisis in its existence. The MAX crisis has cost Boeing an estimated $21 billion so far, of which $9 billion is to compensate airline passengers.
Since the accidents, Boeing has made major changes, both as a company and to the design of the 737 MAX, to ensure that such accidents never happen again.
The 737 MAX is the successor of the well-known 737, which came on the market in 1967. After the two crashes, these models were grounded worldwide. After twenty months, at the end of last year, the United States was the first to lift the no-fly zone, soon followed by Canada and the European Union. In the meantime, the 737 MAX is allowed to fly again in most countries.