Tuesday 22 October 2019

Boeing settles first Lion Air crash claims

Aviation

'The claims are the first to be settled out of 55 lawsuits against Boeing in a US federal court in Chicago and could set the bar for mediation talks by other Lion Air plaintiffs' lawyers which are scheduled for next month' (stock photo)
'The claims are the first to be settled out of 55 lawsuits against Boeing in a US federal court in Chicago and could set the bar for mediation talks by other Lion Air plaintiffs' lawyers which are scheduled for next month' (stock photo)

Tracy Rucinski

Boeing has settled the first claims stemming from the crash of a Lion Air 737 Max in Indonesia, a US plaintiffs' lawyer said, and three other sources said families of those killed will receive at least $1.2m (€1.1m) apiece.

Floyd Wisner said he has settled 11 of his 17 claims against Boeing on behalf of families who lost relatives when a brand new 737 Max crashed into the Java Sea last October soon after take-off, killing all 189 aboard.

A Boeing spokesman declined to comment. Boeing did not admit liability in its 11 settlements, Mr Wisner said.

The claims are the first to be settled out of 55 lawsuits against Boeing in a US federal court in Chicago and could set the bar for mediation talks by other Lion Air plaintiffs' lawyers which are scheduled for next month.

Mr Wisner said he could not disclose the amount of the settlements because of a confidentiality agreement with Boeing.

The $1.2m awards would be for a single victim without dependants. Awards can vary according to victims' nationality, age, marital status, income, dependents and life expectancy. The Lion Air victims were mainly from Indonesia, where incomes and crash awards tend to be lower than in the US.

The manufacturer is also facing nearly 100 lawsuits over an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max crash in March which killed 157 people on its way from Addis Ababa to Nairobi.

Lawsuits over both crashes highlight the role of MCAS software that pushed the nose of the two planes lower.

Irish Independent

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Editors Choice

Also in World News