Hesitant about Max 8 jets

Evarado Alatorre
May 15, 2019

Lawyers handling claims against the United States aerospace company said the longer the passengers and crew were aware of their desperate fate, the larger the likely payout.

The first plane, Lion Air Flight 610, ditched into the Java Sea 12 minutes after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia, on October 29 a year ago.

In both cases, the jets were Max 8 models and in both cases, all aboard died.

Experts say the Boeing Company could be facing payouts in excess of $1bn (€900m) if it can be proved that it had knowledge that the model had safety flaws.

Thirty individual law suits have now been filed against Boeing on behalf of families with many more expected.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg recently told the media that faulty data from a single sensor system was the likely culprit behind the two fatal crashes involving the company's 737 MAX 8 jets.

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"You get into 'What did you know and when did you know it'".

Both pilots desperately struggled to take control of the aeroplanes as they intermittently dived while reaching speeds of close to 1,000km per hour.

Boeing failed to identify an automated anti-stalling feature as a potential hazard, the agency found.

The internal review that yielded this finding also suggested that, during the MAX certification process, Boeing didn't label the aircraft's new stall-prevention feature as a system that could cause disastrous events if it malfunctioned.

Senior officials at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reportedly did not review crucial safety assessments of Boeing's 737 MAX flight-control systems prior to the fatal crashes that occurred in October and March, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. For your essential rundown from The Telegraph, sign up to our free Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings on WhatsApp.

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