French woman sues Boeing over Ethiopian Airlines crash

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People walk past a part of the wreckage at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 10, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

A French woman whose husband was killed in the March crash of a Boeing 737 MAX airliner in Ethiopia has filed a U.S. lawsuit against the planemaker seeking at least $276 million in damages, her lawyer said on Tuesday.

People walk past a part of the wreckage at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 10, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Frenchwoman Nadege Dubois-Seex, whose husband Jonathan Seex died in the accident, filed the suit against Boeing in Chicago, where the company is headquartered.

“The life of my husband was taken knowingly, and even willingly,” Dubois-Seex said while speaking to reporters in Paris. “Boeing acted with cynicism. My husband was the collateral damage of a system, of a business strategy.”

U.S. attorney Nomaan Husain in his complaint said that Boeing failed to inform pilots properly about the risks posed by software meant to prevent the 737 MAX from stalling which repeatedly lowered the plane’s nose due to a faulty sensor data.

Last week, Boeing acknowledged it had to correct flaws in its 737 MAX flight simulator software used to train pilots, after two deadly crashes involving the aircraft that killed 346 people, the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10 and the Lion Air crash on 29 October 2018.

Boeing revealed that the simulator was unable to adequately replicate certain flight conditions.

This is not the first time that Boeing has been sued over the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight, in April, a Rwandese family sued Boeing after their kin, Jackson Musoni, lost his life in the flight, alleging that it defectively designed the automated flight control system.

Shortly after, families of two Americans, including consumer activist Ralph Nader’s great-niece, followed suit and sued Boeing over the same flight.

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