CHICAGO: Relatives of the victims of the Boeing 737 Max crash in Ethiopia five months after the Indonesian Lion Air disaster have stepped up pressure on the US aircraft maker and the federal government, according to a court memo and letter to US lawmakers.
Court documents showed that the families sought testimony from Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun, his predecessor, and other current and former employees as part of their legal case in Chicago.
Separately, families urged lawmakers in a letter to ask the US Federal Aviation Administration to hand over emails and internal documents covering the Lion Air plane crash and one month after the Ethiopian plane crash. Together, 346 people died.
The letter was sent to members of the House and Senate transportation committees on Friday, including Committee Chair Representative Peter DeFazio and Chairman of the Aviation Subcommittee, Representative Rick Larsen.
“I can confirm that Presidents DeFazio and Larsen this week have returned their request to the DOT (Department of Transportation) for FAA records that have not yet been fulfilled,” a Congressional official said.
He submitted a Senate report in December detailing loopholes in aviation safety oversight and failed leadership at the Federal Aviation Administration.
It found FAA leaders obstructed this report as well as the DOT review of oversight of regulator oversight, whose findings were released on Wednesday.
“There is serious business that is not over yet,” the families said in the letter, seen by Reuters.
Boeing has settled most of the civil lawsuits resulting from the Lion Air crash, but is still facing more than 100 lawsuits in Chicago Federal Court relating to the second crash.
The plaintiffs’ attorneys focus on what Boeing knew about the causes of the first plane crash and why the plane continued to fly. They want to schedule the deposit of Calhoun and Muilenburg between May 3 and June 18.
The families of these victims also want to know what the FAA, which in November lifted a 20-month safety ban on MAX, understood about the first incident.
The Boeing Board of Directors is facing a separate investor lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court, as this month’s complaint alleging breach of credit obligations and gross negligence by failing to “monitor the safety of Boeing 737 Max aircraft” was exposed.
Last month, Boeing reached a $ 2.5 billion settlement with the Department of Justice over the crash of the 737 MAX, including a $ 243.6 million fine.