Boeing Owes Crash Victims More Than Sympathy
As the representative for 12 victims in the deadly crash of Lion Air Flight 610, I commend Boeing for offering condolences and accepting responsibility today for that crash as well as that of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. I believe the company and its CEO are genuinely sorry. But Boeing owes these crash victims much more than sympathy.
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg today acknowledged the preliminary cause of both crashes appears to be a faulty Boeing sensor coupled with faulty Boeing software. That mirrors the conclusion of the official preliminary report on the crash of Flight 302, also released today.
Yet even after the second crash, Boeing continued to insist its product, the 737 MAX, was safe. The company urged the FAA not to ground its jets and assured airlines that the planes were airworthy. Meantime, behind the scenes, the company was furiously working on a software ‘fix’ to a problem the company wouldn’t publicly acknowledge. These actions show the company was willing to continue to gamble with the lives of the flying public, even after the deaths of 346 people.
The public learned shortly after the crash of Flight 302 that Boeing tried to upcharge airlines for a warning light that could have alerted pilots to the very danger that apparently brought down these two planes, rather than including the light as standard equipment. Once again, the company chose profit over public safety.
Boeing now owes it to the flying public to immediately recall the 737 MAX jets until an engineering review can be completed and certified by the FAA.
And while it is important to focus on the safety of these jets, it is just as important to focus on the victims of these crashes. These families need resources, not condolences. Boeing owes it to them to help now, in their time of need, rather than focusing on a rush to get its product back to market.
While the company’s public face is offering its sympathies to the families, its litigators are fighting against those families’ interests. Boeing’s lawyers are working to keep the wrongful death cases out of US courts where the victims will get a fair hearing and just compensation. Instead, the company wants these claims heard in Indonesian and Ethiopian courts where victim compensation is likely to be much lower.
If Boeing truly wants to earn back the public trust, it can start by allowing these crash victims to pursue justice. Boeing is a United States corporation. Boeing made these planes in the United States. They were certified by the United States government. These victims deserve more than sympathy. They deserve their day in a United States courtroom.
Travelers are questioning the safety of Boeing’s 737 Max 8 aircraft after two, brand new 737 Max 8 planes crash in less than five months.
- On October 28, 2018, the first of two, brand new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircrafts , Lion Air Flight 610, nosedived after takeoff killing all 189 people on board.
- On March 10, 2019, just over 4 months after the Lion Air crash, a second brand new Boeing 737 Max 8, Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, nosedived shortly after takeoff killing all 157 people on board.
- Airlines worldwide are suspending the use of Boeing’s new 737 Max 8 aircraft over safety concerns.
- Several countries including Australia, Brazil, China, the European Union, India, and Indonesia have banned the use of Boeing 737 Max 8 planes.
KBK is representing several families impacted by the Lion Air crash and has partnered with Steven Heart of Hart McLaughlin & Eldridge and Sanjiv Singh, A Professional Law Corporation, to ensure families affected by both Boeing crashes know their legal rights and how to exercise them. We encourage those impacted by these senseless tragedies to contact us for a consultation.
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Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 Crash
In an all too familiar scene, rescuers are at work on the scene of a Boeing 737 Max 8 crash. The brand-new plane crashed shortly after takeoff Sunday, March 10th killing all 157 people on board. The pilot, a senior Ethiopian Airlines pilot with an “excellent flying record” according to Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GereMariam, reported technical problems after takeoff, was cleared to turn back, and crashed shortly after. Citizens of 35 countries were among the 157 people killed on Flight ET302 including 22 United Nations employees and 8 Americans.
While the cause of this crash is still under investigation, airlines worldwide are grounding Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes. As the investigation unfolds, it is important that those impacted by this tragedy understand and preserve their legal rights. KBK is partnering with Steven Heart of Hart McLaughlin & Eldridge and Sanjiv Singh, A Professional Law Corporation, to ensure justice is served and Boeing is held accountable.
KBK’s Brain Kabateck speaks out about mounting safety concerns with the Boeing 737 Max 8 on the Today Show.
Lion Air Flight 610 Crash
On October 29, 2018, a Boeing 737 Max 8 nosedived into the Java Sea after takeoff. The horrific crash took the lives of all 189 people on board and is still under investigation.
Early indicators reveal that Boeing may be responsible this horrendous loss of life. Investigators are examining whether problems with the Boeing 737 Max 8’s stall-prevention system caused the crash and preliminary reports indicate sensors sent incorrect information to the aircraft’s flight control system leading to the accident. As a result of these preliminary reports, family members of victims have filed suit against Boeing in the United States with the most recent case being filed in Seattle on March 7, 2019, just days before the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
KBK is working in partnership with Steven Heart of Hart McLaughlin & Eldridge and Sanjiv Singh, A Professional Law Corporation, to promote justice for the families and victims of Flight 610 by filing suit in the United States. If you have been impacted by the Lion Air Flight 610 crash, the attorneys at KBK are here to help.
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The KBK justice team is committed to holding those who contributed to this horrific loss of life accountable by filing suit in the United States. If you have been impacted by the Boeing Flight Disasters, the attorneys at KBK are here to help.
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