Families of Boeing’s Ethiopian crash criticizing planemaker over donation plan

Families of Boeing’s Ethiopian crash criticizing planemaker over donation plan


Boeing came under much of the criticism by families of victims of Ethiopian air disaster when last week it announced its plan of donating $100 million to communities and charities affected by two crashes but did not specify further details.

The families said that the Boeing’s decision was too vague and before coming to any decision regarding the disastrous incident company has had to consult them first.

Some families said about announcement from the U.S. planemaker also put them in the situation of receiving large number of unwelcomed phone calls from friends and families who were in believes that they had just received the compensation from the company.

A retired Kenyan teacher, Quindos Karanja, whose wife, daughter and three grandchildren became the victim of the March 10 disaster, called the decision as unacceptable as company did not consult them and it was the news from where they came to know about the decision adding that it was not in good faith.

The Boeing 737 MAX jet operating the flight 302 of Ethiopian Airline on March 10 take off from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in Ethiopia to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, but that unlucky flight met with a fatal accident after 6 minutes of its flight killing all 157 passengers aboard, and that crash came only five months after the jet plane crash of Lion Air in Indonesia on October 29, 2018 which was also operated by the same model 737 MAX of Boeing crashed 12 minutes after its take off , killing all 189 people including crew on board. The two disasters took of toll of 346 lives in total, after which the Boeing’s 737 MAX model aircrafts were gounded globally that impacted the Boeing’s billion of dollars business alongwith damaging its reputation.

Boeing said that the donation amount is not related to the lawsuits filed by more than 100 families against it and is a multi-year payout plan. But planemaker did not specify the details about division of the money, beneficiary organizations or how it will be benefitting the families of victims.

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