An out-of-court settlement has been reached between a Kenyan family of a victim of the 2019 Ethiopian Airline crash and American aircraft maker Boeing for 327 million KSh.
This is the first settlement in a case by Ribbeck Law Chartered which sued Boeing for Sh109 billion on behalf of families who lost loved ones in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX in 2019. All 149 people on board were killed.
The U.S. law firm filed a dozen suits against the aircraft maker in a US Federal Court in Chicago in the aftermath of two fatal crashes involving the same Boeing model plane, the Boeing 737 MAX.
Some of the Ribbeck Law Chartered’s remaining cases from the Boeing 737 Max 8 crash of Lion Air Flight 610 that have not reached settlement will be tried either in the U.S. or Indonesia. If tried in Indonesia, a criminal case against Boeing’s officers and its board of directors will be filed.
The Nairobi-bound flight crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport killing all 149 on board including 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians of which two are of Nigerian decent, nine Ethiopians, eight Italians, eight Chinese, eight Americans, seven Britons, seven French citizens, six Egyptians, five Germans, four Indians and four Slovakia.