Boeing Co. mentioned it settled 90% of the wrongful loss of life claims filed in a U.S. court docket over the 2018 crash of a 737 Max jet operated by Lion Air.
Claims regarding 171 of the 189 individuals on board Lion Air Flight JT 610 have been settled, Boeing mentioned Tuesday in a Chicago federal court docket submitting. The firm didn’t say how a lot it paid the households or estates of the passengers and crew members killed within the crash.
Of the resolved instances, 5 had been partially settled as a result of they concerned multiple declare per particular person killed or concerned claims represented by multiple regulation agency, Chicago-based Boeing mentioned. The firm mentioned it’s optimistic that the remaining instances might be resolved.
The crash occurred over the Java Sea in October 2018 and was adopted 5 months later by one other 737 Max crash in Ethiopia that killed 157 individuals. The disasters led to lawsuits alleging the jets had been unsafe and had a defective software program system. The 737 fleet has been grounded, Boeing gross sales have plunged and the U.S. authorities is investigating the plane’s flight-control system.
“There are some remaining cases with extraordinary losses, including kids completely orphaned who lost both parents,” mentioned Sanjiv Singh, a lawyer representing households of some victims. “It remains to be seen whether we can bring Boeing to the table on these cases.”
Singh mentioned he’s ready to go to court docket, together with within the U.S., to settle these remaining instances.
A yr in the past, Boeing mentioned it could provide $100 million to help the households of victims and communities of these affected by the crashes.
“Boeing has been working diligently to settle these cases through a mediation process,” Peter Pedraza, an organization spokesman, mentioned in an electronic mail. “We are pleased to have made significant progress in recent months in resolving cases brought by the victims’ families on terms that we believe fairly compensate them.”