Boeing Co. mentioned on Wednesday it is going to donate half of a $100 million fund it generated after two crashes of its 737 MAX planes to offer payments to families of those killed, with veteran U.S. compensation expert Ken Feinberg hired by the world’s largest plane maker to supervise the distribution.
The announcement of Feinberg’s hiring got here minutes earlier than a U.S. House of Representatives hearkening to that includes dramatic testimony by Paul Njoroge, a father who lost his wife, three children, and mother-in-law in a 737 MAX Ethiopian Air crash in March.
Feinberg told Reuters his crew would “start immediately drafting a claims protocol for these eligible,” with the primary assembly with officers from Chicago-based Boeing later this week in Washington. Feinberg has administered many compensation funds together with for victims of Sept. 11, 2001, assaults on the United States, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, General Motors ignition switch crashes and quite a few school shootings.
The 737 MAX, Boeing’s best-selling jet, was grounded globally in March following the Ethiopian Airlines crash after an identical Lion Air disaster in Indonesia in October. The two accidents killed 346 people.
Njoroge, 35, instructed reporters after he testified he didn’t suppose the public would believe Boeing is going ahead. “Do you want to fly in those planes? Do you want your kids to fly in these planes?” Njoroge requested. “I don’t have any more children.”
Njoroge advised a House subcommittee he nonetheless has “nightmares about how (his kids) must have clung to their mother crying” throughout the doomed flight.