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US News Boeing to pay crash death families less than £120k each

09:05  24 september  2019
09:05  24 september  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Boeing will pay the families of passengers who died in two 737 MAX crashes 4,500 ( £ 116,235) each , administrators say. All 737 MAX planes have been banned from flying since March after crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia that together killed 346 people in a space of five months. A m ( £ 40.2m)

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a airplane that is parked in front of a plane: A Boeing 737 MAX 9 test plane during tests in March. File pic © Getty A Boeing 737 MAX 9 test plane during tests in March. File pic Boeing will pay the families of passengers who died in two 737 MAX crashes $144,500 (£116,235) each, administrators say.

All 737 MAX planes have been banned from flying since March after crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia that together killed 346 people in a space of five months.

A $50m (£40.2m) financial assistance fund was announced in July and will now be open to claims from family members.

The bereaved family members will not be required to give up their right to sue if they opt to claim money from the fund.

"We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of all those on board," said Boeing CEO

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Families who lost relatives in fatal Boeing 737 Max air crashes are set to receive about 4,500 ( £ 116,200) each from the company. Boeing 's financial assistance fund has set aside m for direct payments to families of the 347 people who died in the Indonesia and Ethiopia flights.

Boeing Co will pay the families of 346 people killed in two fatal 737 MAX crashes 4,500 each from a million financial assistance fund Nearly 100 lawsuits have been filed against Boeing by at least a dozen law firms representing families of the Ethiopian Airlines crash victims, who came from

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: The jet has been grounded across the world after two fatal crashes © Getty The jet has been grounded across the world after two fatal crashes Dennis Muilenburg in a statement.

"The opening of this fund is an important step in our efforts to help affected families."

Boeing said it assumes the 737 MAX will return to service in the US and other countries in the autumn but could not give an exact date.

However, last week Federal Aviation Administration chief Steve Dickson said Boeing was not yet ready to return the 737 MAX to service, with steps including submitting a pre-production version of a software update yet to be completed.

The 737 MAX began flying passengers in 2017 and is Boeing's best selling aircraft. Despite this, less than 400 have been delivered to airlines.

In July, Boeing said there would be a $4.9bn (£3.9bn) charge to compensate airlines following the prolonged grounding of the 737 MAX.

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Lawyers who are suing Boeing on behalf of passengers' families said the new 0 million promise won't stop them from demanding that Boeing provide Thomas Demetrio, a lawyer with cases in both crashes , called Boeing 's announcement Wednesday "a PR move" that won't affect compensation for

Boeing faces dozens of lawsuits over the accidents. Relatives of passengers on a Lion Air Max that crashed off the coast of Indonesia agreed to try to settle through mediation, but families of passengers killed in an Ethiopian Airlines crash are waiting until more is known about the accidents.

Flowers at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash © Reuters Flowers at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash In October 2018, a MAX aircraft operated by Indonesia's Lion Air crashed, killing all 189 people on board.

A second crash happened in March this year in Ethiopia, killing 157 people, forcing regulators around the world to ground the plane.

A problem with the aircraft's flight control software was initially identified as the cause, but later Boeing said further software problems had been found requiring further work.

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