U.S. is Sueing Boeing over Ethiopia Plane Crash

Relatives of a passenger killed in a plane crash in Ethiopia filed a lawsuit against US aviation giant Boeing on Thursday, Bloomberg reported.

The lawsuit, filed in a Chicago court by the family of Jackson Musoni, a Rwandan citizen, alleges that Boeing defectively designed a new flight control system for the Boeing 737 MAX 8, which killed everyone on board when it crashed in Ethiopia on March 10.

The filing also alleges that Boeing failed to warn pilots about the defect, which it says automatically and erroneously pushed the aircraft’s nose down. The 737 MAX jets have been grounded worldwide since shortly after the crash, which was the second fatal crash of the model since October.

A total of 346 people died in the two crashes.

The plaintiffs asked for damages and a jury trial in Illinois, where Boeing is headquartered.

Boeing did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Boeing announced an update to flight control software in the jets on Wednesday, which still needs to be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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