(RepublicanPress.org) – When passengers board a plane, they literally put their lives in the hands of strangers and trust they will arrive at their destination unharmed. According to statistics, a person only had a 1 in 3.37 billion chance of dying on a flight between 2012 and 2016. In fact, there have been very few commercial plane crashes over the last decade, making it one of the safest ways to travel. Regardless, on March 10, 2019, Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 to Nairobi crashed en route to its destination, killing 157 people on board.
On November 10, 2021, Boeing took full responsibility for the accident, which could pave the way for the victims’ families to receive some long-awaited justice.
The Crash in Ethiopia
The Boeing 737 Max 8 plane took off from Addis Ababa with 149 passengers and 8 crew members on board. Shortly after take-off Flighttradar24, a Swedish flight-tracking website noticed an “unstable vertical speed.” Although no known technical issues were associated with the plane, the captain requested to return to the airport, citing unknown problems. When the pilot turned back to land, the plane disappeared and crashed to the ground.
Boeing sent a technical team to the scene to analyze the wreckage and determine the cause, sending along their sympathies for those who died. The company followed through with its investigation and made changes to its board structure as a result. It also added an independent chairman and formed a new committee to focus on the safety of Boeing’s planes. The victims’ families from over 30 countries aboard the flight didn’t receive answers from the aerospace company for years.
Shockingly, that was the second crash of Boeing’s 737 Max 8 plane in less than 6 months. The first crash was on a flight with Lion Air, which went down into the sea shortly after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia, killing 189 people in October 2018.
Compensation for the Families
Investigators recently concluded their testing and found faulty sensors in addition to new software for flight control that Boeing did not adequately explain to the pilots of those particular airplanes.
Now, at least the families from the second crash might see compensation for their anguish. A legal statement from Boeing, set for court approval on November 16, said the company “produced an airplane that had an unsafe condition” and took responsibility for the crash. Under Illinois law, the victims’ loved ones can seek financial compensation, but not punitive damages against the manufacturer.
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