A lawsuit against Boeing Co was filed in US federal court in Chicago in what appeared to be the first suit over an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crash that killed 157 people.
The lawsuit, by the family of Jackson Musoni, a citizen of Rwanda, alleges that Boeing had defectively designed the automated flight control system.
The lawsuit was filed by Musoni’s three minor children, who are Dutch citizens residing in Belgium. In it they say Boeing failed to warn the public, airlines and pilots of the airplane’s allegedly erroneous sensors, causing the aircraft to dive automatically and uncontrollably.
The crash of Boeing’s passenger jet in Ethiopia raised the chances that families of the victims, even non-US residents, will be able to sue in US courts, where payouts are much larger than in other countries, some legal experts have said.
The 737 MAX planes were grounded worldwide following the Ethiopian Airlines disaster on 10 March, which came five months after a Lion Air crash in Indonesia that killed 189 people.
This week Boeing said it had reprogrammed software on its 737 MAX to prevent erroneous data from triggering an anti-stall system that is facing mounting scrutiny in the wake of two deadly nose-down crashes in the past five months.
The anti-stall system, which is believed to have repeatedly forced the nose lower in at least one of the accidents, in Indonesia last October, would only do so once per event after sensing a problem, giving pilots more control.
Ethiopian officials said the investigation into the March crash, which is being led by the Ethiopian transport ministry, is still at an early stage.
Via The Guardian