A growing number of claims against Boeing has been filed in the wake of two deadly crashes involving the 737 Max aircraft. The most recent is a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, where Boeing is based, on behalf of the family of Mucaad Hussein Abdalla, who died when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed last month. The family cited “corporate greed” and “serious misconduct” on behalf of Boeing.
The lawsuit alleges that Boeing failed to inform pilots of the dangers and risks of a new automated anti-stall system known as MCAS. The suit further alleges that the company “actively concealed the nature of the automated system defect” and, in doing so, demonstrated a “conscious disregard for the lives of others.”
Abdalla was one of 157 people killed when Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed shortly after takeoff from Bole International Airport on March 1. It was the second crash of a Boeing 737 Max jet in five months. Lion Air Flight 610 plunged into the Java Sea in Indonesia shortly after takeoff on October 29, 2018, killing all 189 people on board.
The Ethiopian Airline crash report indicates that the plane’s pilots struggled to control MCAS before the crash. The system may have been triggered by faulty information from one of the two angle-of-attack sensors mounted on the aircraft’s nose. Investigators are under the assumption that a similar sequence of events involving MCAS may have led to the Lion Air crash.
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