Families of some victims killed in the Ethiopia plane crash will sue the Boeing Company through Thomas Girardi, an attorney and a founding partner of Girardi and Keese law firm in Los Angeles, USA.
A Boeing 737-800 MAX, bound for Nairobi, Kenya, crashed shortly after taking off from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa Sunday morning local time, killing all 157 people on board, including eight crew members.
It was the second crash of a Boeing 737 Max plane in less than five months, after a Lion Air jet crashed in Indonesia last year on October 29, killing 189 people.
Girardi sued the Boeing Company on behalf of the families of victims in the earlier Lion Air plane crash over the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) control system installed on the plane. The families of the victims said that they were concerned about the safety of the system.
He said an investigation and lawsuit against the company would be initiated to avoid more accidents in the future, and the Boeing Company is responsible for the two plane crashes.
“And even when all other countries started pulling the planes out, Boeing and its ‘oh no, we’re good, we’re good’. They want to keep making the money even though now they’ve killed all these people in two crashes, not one, and the analysis of both those crashes was identical. The pilot losing the control early in the flight, all of that stuff,” said Girardi.
Deng Hong, who assisted Girardi with the case, said Boeing could be sentenced to pay punitive damages in the second plane crash suit.
“Boeing’s responsibility was even greater when the second crash occurred. When the first crash occurred, they did not take measures in time and even continued to let its planes fly. Boeing could be forced to pay punitive damages, which would be enormous figures,” said Deng.
The investigation into the Ethiopia plane crash is ongoing, and the black box data recorders of the plane will give potential clues into identifying the cause of the crash.
As of Wednesday, several countries including Ethiopia, China, the U.S., Indonesia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Germany have all moved to ground flights involving Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, citing safety concerns. DailySweden