Boeing CEO asked to testify in crash litigation, lawmakers demand FAA release records

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Dennis Muilenburg testifies in front of the house

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By Eric M. Johnson and Tracy Rucinski

(Reuters) – Relatives of victims of a Boeing (NYSE 🙂 Co 737 MAX crash in Ethiopia, which occurred five months after an Indonesian Lion Air disaster, increase pressure on the American aircraft manufacturer and the federal government letter to US lawmakers .

Families have asked Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun, his predecessor and other current and former employees for testimony as part of their litigation in Chicago, court documents show.

Separately, the families wrote a letter asking lawmakers to require the U.S. Aviation Administration to forward internal emails and documents about the Lion Air crash and a month after the crash in Ethiopia. Together 346 people died.

The letter was sent to members of the House and Senate Transportation Committees on Friday, including committee chairman Peter DeFazio and aviation subcommittee chairman Rick Larsen.

A Congressional official said, “I can confirm that Chairs DeFazio and Larsen have re-issued their request to DOT (Department of Transportation) this week for FAA records that have remained unfulfilled.”

A December Senate report identified detailed gaps in flight safety oversight and failed leadership in the FAA. It emerged that FAA leaders were obstructing this report, as well as a DOT regulatory review of oversight, the results of which were released on Wednesday.

“There are serious deals not yet concluded,” said the families in the Reuters-checked letter.

Boeing has largely resolved civil lawsuits related to the Lion Air crash, but is still facing over 100 lawsuits in federal court in Chicago related to the second crash.

The plaintiffs’ attorneys focus on what Boeing knew about the causes of the first crash and why the plane continued to fly. They want to schedule deposits from Calhoun and Muilenburg between May 3rd and June 18th.

The families of these victims also want to know what FAA management, which lifted a 20-month safety ban on MAX in November, understood about the first crash.

Boeing’s board of directors is facing a separate investor lawsuit in the Delaware Chancery Court, in which an unsealed complaint this month found breach of fiduciary duty and gross negligence because “Boeing did not oversee the safety of the 737 MAX aircraft.”

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.

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