In a court filing Boeing Co stated, it has reached settlement agreements with more than 90% of the wrongful death claims filed in federal court following the crash of a Lion Air 737 MAX aircraft in 2018 in Indonesia that killed all 189 passengers.
Five months after this fatal crash, another 737 MAX jetliner crashed in Ethiopia leading to a worldwide grounding of Boeing’s best-selling model which induced a corporate crisis following the filing of hundreds of lawsuits alleging the jet was unsafe; separate probes by the DoJ and U.S. lawmakers were also launched.
To sail through these headwinds, Boeing has moved to clear a number of hurdles to win U.S. Federal Aviation Administration approval to fly the MAX again commercially. This could potentially happen in the coming months.
In a filing in federal court in Chicago Boeing said, claims relating to 171 of the 189 people on board the crashed jet have been fully or partially settled, including the 140 of the 150 claims filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Boeing did not disclose the amount it has paid to victims’ families or estates.
In a statement, Boeing’s spokesman said, the company remains committed to resolving the remaining cases.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all those onboard Lion Air Flight 610,” said Gordon Johndroe, Boeing’s spokesman. “We are pleased to have made significant progress in recent months in resolving cases brought by the victims’ families on terms that we believe fairly compensate them.”