The U.S lawsuit, filed in a Chicago federal court, was filed by Musoni’s three minor children, who are Dutch citizens residing in Belgium.
A lwuaist has been filed against airplane maker Boeing Co in a U.S. federal court in what is the first such suit over the March 10 crash of the Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX which killed 157 people.
The lawsuit was filed in Chicago federal court by the family of Jackson Musoni, a citizen of Rwanda. The lawsuit alleges that Boeing, the maker of the 737 MAX, had defectively designed the automated flight control system.
Boeing said it could not comment on the lawsuit.
“Boeing … is working with the authorities to evaluate new information as it becomes available,” said Boeing while adding all inquiries about the ongoing accident investigation must be directed to the investigating authorities.
Boeing 737 MAX airplanes were grounded worldwide following the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines, which came five months after a Lion Air crash in Indonesia that killed 189 people.
On Wednesday, Boeing had said it had reprogrammed software on its 737 MAX jets to prevent erroneous data from triggering an anti-stall system that is facing growing scrutiny in the wake of the two deadly crashes which saw the plane nose-dive to a crash.
According to Boeing, the anti-stall system, which is believed to have repeatedly forced the nose lower in at least one of the accidents, in Indonesia in October 2018, would only do so once per event after sensing a problem, giving pilots more control.
According to some legal experts, the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines has raised the chances that families of the victims, who are non-U.S. residents, will be able to sue in U.S. courts, where payouts are significantly larger than in other countries.
Wednesday’s complaint was filed by Musoni’s three minor children, who are Dutch citizens residing in Belgium.
According to the lawsuit, Boeing has failed to warn the public, airlines and pilots of the airplane’s allegedly erroneous sensors, causing the plane to dive automatically and uncontrollably.
As per analysts and officials from the Ethiopian airlines, the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines jet behaved in a similar pattern to that of the October crash of the Lion Air’s jet.
The investigation into the March crash, which is being led by the Ethiopian Transport Ministry, is still at an early stage.