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Boeing to make $50M in payments to 737 MAX crash victims' families

19 July 2019

A man whose daughter was killed when an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max crashed in March called on legislators to end the Federal Aviation Administration's use of aircraft manufacturer employees to conduct safety inspections.

Boeing Co. mentioned on Wednesday it is going to donate half of a $100 million fund it generated after two crashes of its 737 MAX planes to offer payments to families of those killed, with veteran US compensation expert Ken Feinberg hired by the world's largest plane maker to supervise the distribution.

Boeing used the "fallacy of foreign pilot error" to avoid the grounding of the plane after the first crash, Njoroge told the committee.

Paul Njoroge has lost his wife, mother-in-law and three children.

According to Paul Njoroge, the Boeing 737 Max jet which is now grounded had a design flaw which lead to death of his wife, bubbly three children and his mother -in-law.

"Boeing has an oversight of itself", said Paul Njoroge, a Toronto investment adviser who described the loss of his vacationing family during sometimes searing testimony before the Aviation Subcommittee of the House Transportation Committee in Washington, D.C.

Njoroge, whose family was traveling from Toronto, Canada, to Nairobi, Kenya, to visit extended family, said he hopes putting a face to the tragedies will ensure "that no lives are lost again because of the negligence of plane manufacturers and aviation regulators".

Al Jazeera's Shihab Rattansi reports from Washington, DC.

Mr Paul Njoroge, 34, in an interview with United States media said Boeing should scrap the plane and the top executives should resign and face criminal charges.

A total of 346 people died in the two crashes.

A Boeing official told Reuters last month that the company will not submit the updates until at least September following the discovery of a fresh flaw.

American Airlines Group Inc AAL.O and United Airlines Holding UAL.O also have removed the 737 MAX from their flying schedules until early November.

Boeing shares closed up 1.9% Wednesday.

"We have discovered some anomalies and then we have directed Boeing to mitigate those anomalies", Elwell said, declining to set any timetable for returning the plane to service.

Boeing didn't inform pilots about the flight-control system on the MAX, called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), until after the first crash.

The near-term financial assistance will benefit those impacted by the Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Flight 302 accidents, and the fund will be established with victims' compensation funds experts Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros.

Boeing announced this month that it would provide $100 million over several years to local governments and NGOs to help those affected by the crashes.

Boeing reiterated on Wednesday that the money distributed through the fund would be independent from the outcome of any lawsuits.

DeFazio said the committee was in the middle of an in-depth investigation and had just received a "trove" of documents that panel investigators were reviewing.

Boeing to make $50M in payments to 737 MAX crash victims' families