New lawsuit alleges conspiracy between Boeing, FAA in Max crashes
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report Thursday, April 4, 2019, on the March 10 crash. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene, File)
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New lawsuit alleges conspiracy between Boeing, FAA in Max crashes
by KOMO News StaffMonday, July 22nd 2019
SEATTLE - A local Seattle law firm has filed a new lawsuit against the Boeing Co. and a legal claim against the Federal Aviation
Administration, alleging violations of law and a civil conspiracy in the crashes of two Max jets that killed 346 people.
The legal actions were filed on behalf of families of victims killed in the second crash of a Max jet, operated by Ethiopian
Airlines, on March 10. That crash killed all 157 people aboard the aircraft.
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Lawyers for the firm of Friedman Rubin in Seattle say the lawsuit and claim allege that Boeing and the FAA conspired together
to certify an aircraft that was unsafe and should not have been allowed to fly - especially after the first crash of a Max
plane operated by Lion Air in October 2018.
"The FAA didn't do its job ... and now we have over 300 lives lost forever," said attorney Alisa Brodkowitz.
According to the lawsuit, Boeing hurriedly designed and manufactured the Max aircraft, then sold it despite multiple system
failures, including faulty software, a lack of a backup system, missing information from flight manuals and insufficient training
The claim against the FAA alleges that its inspectors dropped the ball in certifying the Max plane and also by allowing it
to keep flying after the Lion Air crash.
A brother of Ethiopian Airlines crash victim Ato Mulugeta Asfaw, a community leader dedicated to bringing clean water supplies
to regions across Africa, said during a news conference Monday that Boeing and the FAA could have prevented the crash - but
"The more I know it could have been prevented it just makes it feel he's killed, you know, he's killed by a chain of events
that were overlooked," he said. "But you just hear every now and then this is unexcused for a lack of basic work."
"We didn't even find any remains. We got only a small plastic bag of dirt," said Sintayehu Wondmsigegn, Ato Mulugeta Asfaw's
A Boeing official declined to comment directly on the lawsuit, but issued a statement saying, "We extend our deepest condolences
to the families and loved ones of all those onboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion Air Flight 610. As the investigations
continue, Boeing is cooperating fully with the investigating authorities."
Michelle Esteban | New lawsuit alleges conspiracy between Boeing, FAA in Max crashes
The FAA also declined to comment on the claim against it, but issued a statement saying the agency's aircraft certification
processes are "well established and have consistently produced safe aircraft designs. The 737-MAX certification program took
five years and involved 110,000 hours of work on the part of FAA personnel, following the FAA’s standard certification
Boeing also sent a statement, which says:
We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all those onboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion
Air Flight 610. As the investigations continue, Boeing is cooperating fully with the investigating authorities. We won’t
comment on the lawsuit directly.
The FAA also said it "received no whistleblower complaints or any other reports in any of the agency’s reporting systems
alleging pressure to speed up 737 MAX certification."
Earlier this month Boeing pledged $100 million for families affected by the MAX crashes, as an initial offering, but for Ato
Mulugeta Asfaw's family, it is not about money.
"It actually minimized our loss to a momentary figure which is terrible," said Zekarias Shankut.
FAA officials have six months to respond to the claim against the agency. If the claim is denied, then the law firm intends
to file suit against it.