The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) met with nearly 50 international regulators from around the world in Montreal Monday for a briefing on the status of the Boeing 737 Max 8.
Before the meeting, the Administrator Steve Dickson sit down with family members of Canadians who lost loved ones in the tragic accident in Ethiopia flight 302 that crashed just six minutes after taking off for Nairobi, Kenya, on March 10th.
“I think we just have to keep going and make sure that everyone is aware of what we want to see happen and meeting with other members of Congress and senators and to ensure the process is revised, so it is a healthy process,” said Chris Moore, who lost his daughter , an environmental activist on-board flight 302. “today, I do not have a lot of confidence in the way the aircraft is certified. ‘
Moore and Paul Njoroge sitting outside the meeting regulator, which is not open to the public, holding photographs of their family members who died in the accident as well as photos of other people who lost their lives on that flight.
There are concerns surrounding the proposed Boeing software improvements and new pilot training. Those affected say it’s not enough; they want to see the plane flown until the fleet is re-certified and two investigations are complete.
“I will live with the pain, I will never forget this is not something that will never go away,” said Njoroge, who lost his wife, three children, and mother-in-law. “I’m doing this for my family, this is what my wife wanted me to do and I will continue to do so if it’s the last thing I do in my life.”
737 Max 8 fleet remains grounded worldwide following two crashes within five months. The company provides an update to the international regulators, outlining the changes it makes to the flight control system, which is involved in both crashes.
“We feel that there is still a stone missed through this whole process and why Max 8 pushed or hurried along and we want to make sure that it’s all aimed well and find out what happened,” added Moore.
Meanwhile, the $ 50 million funds to compensate the families of those who died in the crash of Boeing 737 Max aircraft have begun to take claims. Fund officials said Monday they have started to accept applications with a deadline of 31 Des for filing a claim.
Boeing provides the money for the fund, which works for nearly $ 145,000 for every 346 people who died in accidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
Ethiopian Airlines crash: Boeing rushed for software updates, the identification of the victims could take months
Dozens of families sued the company based in Chicago, who said relatives would not have to drop their lawsuits to obtain compensation from the fund.
“There is a saying in the United States on product liability and called engineered her graveyard. Look, the fact is the product becomes better after people die, but no one wants to be in the front-end and so here you want Boeing to be responsible and make changes, “said lawyer Bob Clifford, who represents several families in the consolidated lawsuit involving 97 families.
Including the fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg, who oversaw compensation for victims of the 11 September 2001 terror attacks.
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