Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - United States plane manufacturer, Boeing, announced on Monday a compensation package for families of victims of the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines plane crash of March 10th, 2019.
Families who lost their loved ones in the crash are set to receive $144,500 each (Sh15 million) from Boeing in compensation.
The compensation will come from a $50 million fund, announced by the Chicago based multinational in July this year.
The bereaved families have been asked to submit their claims before the year 2020.
However, the compensation does not take away a family member’s right to file a lawsuit against the embattled plane manufacturer.
While a number of lawyers representing bereaved families have turned down the Boeing offer, Senator Irungu Kang'ata, whose law firm is part of a team representing 15 Kenyan families, has welcomed the Boeing "gift" saying:
"The gift from Boeing is welcome as long as it does not have strings attached to it,”
"Boeing should not use the gift as a ploy to influence the jury.”
“It should also disclose the methods of disbursement of those funds noting that so far the information remains hazy," he added.
On March 10th, 2019, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max, which had just departed from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, crashed in Bishoftu, killing 149 passenger and eight crew members on board.
Kenya was the most hit with 36 of the victims being Kenyan nationals.
Following the fatal crash, the 737 Max Boeing aircrafts stopped its operations to allow for investigators to evaluate the safety of the airlines.
The Kenyan DAILY POST