Ethiopian Airlines crash: First Kenyan victim’s family reach record-breaking settlement with Boeing

TukoKenya News Business At least 32 Kenyans died when Ethiopian Air Flight 302 crashed shortly after take-off en route to Nairobi, Kenya from Bole International Airport in Ethiopia – This is the first Ethiopian Air Flight 302 case to be settled from dozens filed in a US Federal Court in Chicago against Boeing by law firm Ribbeck Law Chartered – The few of Ribbeck Law Chartered’s remaining cases from the Boeing 737 Max 8 crash of Lion Air Flight 610 that have not reached settlement will be tried in the USA or Indonesia The first of the Kenyan families of victims of the deadly Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 plane crash on Monday, December 14, received a record-breaking settlement payment from Boeing. Ribbeck’s founding partner Manuel von Ribbeck (l), Igeria & Ngugi Advocates David Njoroge (c) Global MD of Ribbeck Law Chartered’s Air Disasters Global Insurance Claims Deon Botha (r). Photo: Ribbeck. Source: UGC This is the first Ethiopian Air Flight 302 case to settle from dozens of lawsuits filed in a US Federal Court in Chicago against aeroplane manufacturer by Ribbeck Law Chartered on behalf of victims’ families in the aftermath of two fatal crashes. The accidents involved the same Boeing 737 Max 8 model plane. Then planes were recently given a green light to fly again by US regulators after about 19 months of grounding. “We sought and asked for the largest amount possible to be paid as compensation to the families we represent,” said lawyer Manuel von Ribbeck who is the families of the victims of the tragedies in court. According to Bloomberg Business, Boeing was to pay KSh 111.54 billion for the victims of the two crashes. The Ethiopian Airlines jet headed for Nairobi, Kenya crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport, killing all 149 onboard including 32 Kenyans. About five months earlier, a Lion Air flight crashed into the Java Sea after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia with nearly 190 people on board. The final report on the Boeing 737 MAX, released in September by a legislative committee in the United States, found “repeated and serious failures” by Boeing and identified the key factors that contributed to the Boeing 737 MAX crash, including design flaws, profit and production priorities at the expense of safety. “We believe Boeing should pay a fair and reasonable amount to all families regardless as to where they are from. We are hopeful that Boeing will change the way they operate to avoid losing innocent lives again,” said Deon Botha of Ribbeck Law Chartered. Ribbeck Law Chartered, which represents the majority of families of the victims of the deadly Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes demanded more than a billion US Dollars for the families they represent. The settlement payments achieved by Ribbeck Law Chartered on behalf of the first Kenyan victim’s family has spared the family years of litigation. “It is important to note however that no amount of money in the world will bring our clients’ beloved family members back. Our clients sought to find the truth behind the causes of the crash and jail those responsible for killing their relatives,” von Ribbeck stated. The few of Ribbeck Law Chartered’s remaining cases from the Boeing 737 Max 8 crash of Lion Air Flight 610 that have not reached settlement will be tried in the USA or Indonesia. “Boeing should not be greatly affected by the settlements. Most of the payments will be made by their insurance and reinsurance companies. Boeing can afford that cost,” von Ribbeck remarked when asked about the impact of Boeing paying the amount. The FAA on November 18 allowed Boeing’s 737 Max fleet back in the air after over a year of grounding. Photo: Getty Images. Source: UGC In addition, von Ribbeck said Boeing had established a fund to help the communities of the families affected by the crashes. Ribbeck Law’s clients received grant funds from Boeing to improve their communities. One such example is a project initiated at the request of a Kenyan family. “The project will bring water and solar energy to their community. It was a group effort with the Kenyan family we represent and David Njoroge, Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution at Igeria & Ngugi Advocates. Ribbeck Law Chartered’s clients will also use the approved grant to renovate and add classrooms, restrooms and a community hall for their local high school and church.We believe that Boeing has acted fairly when compensating our clients. Boeing is changing the way it operates and is trying to make its 737 Boeing Max 8 model safer, which is all that the families have ever wanted. We believe that justice has been done in this case. It is time for forgiveness and to look to the future,” stated Monica Kelly of Ribbeck Law Chartered. “Our partnership allowed us to finalise the mediation process in record time, achieving a fair and reasonable settlement in only 18 months. The loss of our clients’ kin, unfortunately, can never be reversed, but we are confident that the family will

Ethiopian Airlines crash: First Kenyan victim’s family reach record-breaking settlement with Boeing

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At least 32 Kenyans died when Ethiopian Air Flight 302 crashed shortly after take-off en route to Nairobi, Kenya from Bole International Airport in Ethiopia – This is the first Ethiopian Air Flight 302 case to be settled from dozens filed in a US Federal Court in Chicago against Boeing by law firm Ribbeck Law Chartered – The few of Ribbeck Law Chartered’s remaining cases from the Boeing 737 Max 8 crash of Lion Air Flight 610 that have not reached settlement will be tried in the USA or Indonesia

The first of the Kenyan families of victims of the deadly Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 plane crash on Monday, December 14, received a record-breaking settlement payment from Boeing.

Ribbeck’s founding partner Manuel von Ribbeck (l), Igeria & Ngugi Advocates David Njoroge (c) Global MD of Ribbeck Law Chartered’s Air Disasters Global Insurance Claims Deon Botha (r). Photo: Ribbeck. Source: UGC This is the first Ethiopian Air Flight 302 case to settle from dozens of lawsuits filed in a US Federal Court in Chicago against aeroplane manufacturer by Ribbeck Law Chartered on behalf of victims’ families in the aftermath of two fatal crashes. The accidents involved the same Boeing 737 Max 8 model plane. Then planes were recently given a green light to fly again by US regulators after about 19 months of grounding. “We sought and asked for the largest amount possible to be paid as compensation to the families we represent,” said lawyer Manuel von Ribbeck who is the families of the victims of the tragedies in court. According to Bloomberg Business, Boeing was to pay KSh 111.54 billion for the victims of the two crashes. The Ethiopian Airlines jet headed for Nairobi, Kenya crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport, killing all 149 onboard including 32 Kenyans.

About five months earlier, a Lion Air flight crashed into the Java Sea after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia with nearly 190 people on board. The final report on the Boeing 737 MAX, released in September by a legislative committee in the United States, found “repeated and serious failures” by Boeing and identified the key factors that contributed to the Boeing 737 MAX crash, including design flaws, profit and production priorities at the expense of safety. “We believe Boeing should pay a fair and reasonable amount to all families regardless as to where they are from. We are hopeful that Boeing will change the way they operate to avoid losing innocent lives again,” said Deon Botha of Ribbeck Law Chartered.

Ribbeck Law Chartered, which represents the majority of families of the victims of the deadly Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes demanded more than a billion US Dollars for the families they represent. The settlement payments achieved by Ribbeck Law Chartered on behalf of the first Kenyan victim’s family has spared the family years of litigation. “It is important to note however that no amount of money in the world will bring our clients’ beloved family members back. Our clients sought to find the truth behind the causes of the crash and jail those responsible for killing their relatives,” von Ribbeck stated.

The few of Ribbeck Law Chartered’s remaining cases from the Boeing 737 Max 8 crash of Lion Air Flight 610 that have not reached settlement will be tried in the USA or Indonesia. “Boeing should not be greatly affected by the settlements. Most of the payments will be made by their insurance and reinsurance companies. Boeing can afford that cost,” von Ribbeck remarked when asked about the impact of Boeing paying the amount.

The FAA on November 18 allowed Boeing’s 737 Max fleet back in the air after over a year of grounding. Photo: Getty Images. Source: UGC In addition, von Ribbeck said Boeing had established a fund to help the communities of the families affected by the crashes. Ribbeck Law’s clients received grant funds from Boeing to improve their communities. One such example is a project initiated at the request of a Kenyan family. “The project will bring water and solar energy to their community.

It was a group effort with the Kenyan family we represent and David Njoroge, Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution at Igeria & Ngugi Advocates. Ribbeck Law Chartered’s clients will also use the approved grant to renovate and add classrooms, restrooms and a community hall for their local high school and church.We believe that Boeing has acted fairly when compensating our clients. Boeing is changing the way it operates and is trying to make its 737 Boeing Max 8 model safer, which is all that the families have ever wanted. We believe that justice has been done in this case.

It is time for forgiveness and to look to the future,” stated Monica Kelly of Ribbeck Law Chartered. “Our partnership allowed us to finalise the mediation process in record time, achieving a fair and reasonable settlement in only 18 months. The loss of our clients’ kin, unfortunately, can never be reversed, but we are confident that the family will be able to live a comfortable life moving forward and Boeing will correct its errors in future manufacturing of planes. We continue to provide similar legal support to other affected families and ensure that they are suitably and promptly compensated,” said Njoroge.