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By Eric M. Johnson
SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co. (N 🙂 has reached settlement agreements in more than 90% of the unlawful deaths submitted to the federal court after a Lion Air 737 MAX crashed in Indonesia in 2018, in which all 189 people were killed on board, a court said on Tuesday.
The fatal crash, followed by another 737 MAX jetliner in Ethiopia, led to the global launch of the bestseller model within five months and to a corporate crisis in which hundreds of lawsuits against unsafe and separate probes from the Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Justice took place became US lawmakers.
Boeing has attempted to overcome a number of remaining hurdles to obtain approval from the United States Aviation Authority that the MAX may fly commercially again later this year.
In a federal court filing in Chicago, Boeing said that claims relating to 171 of the 189 people aboard the crashed jet were wholly or partially resolved. This includes 140 of the 150 claims filed with the Northern District of Illinois District Court.
The company did not disclose how much it paid to victims' families or estates. In 2019, Reuters reported that some Lion Air cases had been resolved for at least $ 1.2 million per claim.
A Boeing spokesman said the company remains committed to resolving the remaining cases.
"We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones on board the Lion Air Flight 610," spokesman Gordon Johndroe said via email.
"We are pleased to see significant progress in resolving cases filed by victims' families on terms that we believe will adequately compensate them in recent months."
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