Boeing Pledges $100 Million For Families Of 737 Max Crash Victims
By Danielle Dorsey
Boeing has pledged to pay out $100 millions to the families and communities of the 346 people who died in two 737 crashes in the last year. The corporation said it will work with local nonprofits and community groups who will assist in distributing the funds. They’ll be used to cover education, including college tuition and other schooling expenses for the children of the plane crash victims as well as living expenses for families who were impacted.
“We at Boeing are sorry for the tragic loss of lives in both of these accidents and these lives lost will continue to weigh heavily on our hearts and on our minds for years to come. The families and loved ones of those on board have our deepest sympathies, and we hope this initial outreach can help bring them comfort,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing’s chairman, president and CEO.
The first crash with one of Boeing’s 737 Max jets happened in late 2018 and was flown by Indonesian airline Lion Air. The second crash occurred in March of this year when a plane flown by Ethiopian Airlines crashed shortly after takeoff. Boeing has since grounded all 737 Max jets worldwide. This restriction has forced airlines to cancel hundreds of flights and it’s not clear when Boeing’s top-selling jet will be cleared to fly again.
Victim families that accept Boeing’s apology funds will not be required to relinquish their rights to pursue legal action against the company. The corporation is facing several lawsuits over the 737 Max incidences.