Scrap the jet: Kenyan who lost family in 737 Max crash says
SEE ALSO :737 MAX flights now pushed to DecemberA Chicago aviation lawyer, Robert Clifford, sued Boeing on his behalf over the deaths of his wife, Carol, his son and daughters, 6-year-old Ryan, 4-year-old Kelli and 9-month-old Rubi, and his wife’s mother. Njoroge will be accompanied by Michael Stumo, whose daughter, Samya, also died in the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max. In testimony he submitted to the House Aviation sub-committee, Njoroge says passengers’ families have several demands that must be met before the Max is allowed to fly again, including a new, top-to-bottom review of the plane by regulators. In an interview, Njoroge went further, saying the plane should never fly again because of what he considers an irredeemable design flaw. Because the size and placement of the plane’s engines raised the risk of an aerodynamic stall, Boeing devised flight-control software called MCAS.
SEE ALSO :Aviation insurance costs to risePreliminary reports indicate that the software pushed the nose of the plane down in both crashes, and Boeing is working on changes to make MCAS more reliable and easier to control. Boeing did not tell pilots about MCAS until after the first crash, in October off the coast of Indonesia. “They didn’t want people to know about the design flaw, and that’s why they kept the existence of MCAS hidden,” Njoroge said. “I’d like to see (Boeing CEO) Dennis Muilenburg and the executives resign, because they caused the deaths of 346 people,” Njoroge said. “They should be held liable criminally for the deaths of my wife and my children and my mother-in-law and 152 others in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 because that was preventable.”
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