15 families of Ethiopian Airlines plane crash victims on Friday rejected a $100 million (Ksh10.25 billion) compensation offered by the American plane manufacturer, Boeing.
Why Kenyan families have rejected Sh10B from Boeing for Ethiopia plane crash victims
Families of 15 Ethiopia Airlines crash victims reject Sh10 billion compensation
According to a lawye representing the families in a suit in America, the families will not be accepting the out-of-court settlement and instead would like to pursue the court case to its end.
"Those whom we represent in totality have rejected the settlement terms, and the idea is to go for trial because once you go for trial, that’s when the statement will be made for purposes of the changes we are foreseeing in the aviation industry," lawyer Stephen Gachie stated.
Historic case that is worth pursuing - Senator Irungu Kang'ata
Murang'a Senator Irungu Kang'ata, who is one of the lawyers representing the families in the case filed in America, explained that the case was still worth pursuing given its impact on future incidents.
"We foresee a situation where historic verdicts will be rendered by the courts. The reason why this case is of huge impact is because it’s going to change the history of aviation industry, it’s going to make people who make planes more responsible so that whenever you are traveling you don’t fear that maybe the manufacturer has done something which is wrong and therefore it’s a moment that the entire world is watching," he explained.
The lawyers projected that the case will last for not more than two years.
Boeing is also being sued by families in several countries including the US, Indonesia, France, and Ethiopia. One widow from France is suing Boeing for $276 million one day of earnings.
Announcing the planned compensation, a statement from Boeing noted: "These funds will support education, hardship and living expenses for impacted families, community programs, and economic development in impacted communities. Boeing will partner with local governments and non-profit organizations to address these needs. This initial investment will be made over multiple years."
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