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Boeing 737 MAX crash attorneys ask two CEOs to testify

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(Reuters) – Lawyers for families in a fatal crash by Boeing (NYSE 🙂 Co 737 MAX in Ethiopia are demanding testimony from the managing director of the aircraft manufacturer Dave Calhoun and his predecessor Dennis Muilenburg, among others, according to a court case.

The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crash on March 10, 2019 came five months after a similar disaster on a Lion Air flight that killed 346 people and sparked a hailstorm of investigations and legal proceedings.

While Boeing primarily resolved civil disputes over the Lion Air crash, Chicago federal court still faces over 100 lawsuits related to the second crash.

Plaintiffs' attorneys, who are focused on what Boeing knew about the causes of the first crash and why the plane continued to fly, plan to schedule deposits at Calhoun and Muilenburg between May 3 and June 18, the file shows.

Boeing did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Last month, Boeing reached a $ 2.5 billion settlement with the Department of Justice over the 737 MAX crashes, including a $ 243.6 million fine.

Its board of directors is facing an investor lawsuit in the Delaware Chancery Court in which a freshly unsealed complaint earlier this month alleged that the Boeing Board violated its fiduciary duties and acted grossly negligently by "protecting the safety of Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft not monitored ".

Calhoun was a seasoned board member prior to assuming the position of chief executive.

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