Ethiopian Max crash: Lawsuit filed against Boeing

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 29, 2019 11:37 hrs
Boeing 737 Max aircraft (Image Courtesy: Boeing)

A lawsuit was filed against Boeing Airlines in US federal court on Thursday over March 10 Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash in which 157 people were killed.

The lawsuit was filed in Chicago federal court by the family of a victim. The appellant alleged that Boeing had defectively designed the automated flight control system.

Boeing is under international scrutiny in the wake of two fatal crashes in the last five months involving the 737 Max 8 jet.

A Lion Air flight crashed in Indonesia in October last year, and an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed earlier this month. Neither of the crashes left any survivors. Investigators have revealed that they found similarities in both the plane crashes.

In the aftermath of the March 10 Ethiopian Airlines crash, shares of Boeing have plunged more than 10 per cent, wiping more than 25 billion dollars off the company's market value.

In a statement earlier this month, Boeing had said that it remains confident in the safety of the jets, but that it recommended the shutdown itself "out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft's safety".