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Boeing Pledges USD 100 mln fund to support families, communities affected by MAX plane crashes
The aircraft flight control software called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) is implicated in the accident

Boeing Pledges USD 100 mln fund to support families, communities affected by MAX plane crashes

Victims’ families association gives positive node

The American aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, on Wednesday announced a 100 million dollars fund to address family and community needs of those affected by the tragic accidents of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.

In a statement, Boeing said the funds will support education, hardship and living expenses for impacted families, community programs, and economic development in impacted communities. Boeing disclosed that it will partner with local governments and non-profit organizations to address these needs. The initial investment will be made over multiple years.

“We at Boeing are sorry for the tragic loss of lives in both of these accidents and these lives lost will continue to weigh heavily on our hearts and on our minds for years to come. The families and loved ones of those on board have our deepest sympathies, and we hope this initial outreach can help bring them comfort,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and CEO.

“We know every person who steps aboard one of our airplanes places their trust in us. We are focused on re-earning that trust and confidence from our customers and the flying public in the months ahead.”

Boeing said it will release additional information in the near future.

Consistent with Boeing’s regular process for employee charitable donations, company employees will also have the opportunity to make donations in support of the families and communities impacted by the accidents. Boeing will match these employee donations through December 31, 2019.

Ethiopian Flight 302 victims’ families association welcomes Boeing’s initiative. Bayihe Demissie, vice president of Boeing 737 MAX 8 Flight 302 Victims Families Association, told The Reporter that Boeing`s initiative is a good start. “As we lost lives in the tragic accidents what should come first is compassion. They were supposed to first work on the human aspect of it like comforting families.” Bayihe said. “They started it late but it is better late than never. But I think they are on the right track,” he added.   

Bayihe said that the association is planning to approach Boeing to get more information about the fund.

Since the two fatal accidents of Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines in which the aircraft flight control software called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) is implicated Boeing has been making controversial statements. At times partially admitting the technical flaw and some other time blaming other factors.

In a recent visit to Ethiopian Airlines B737 MAX 8 crash site The Reporter has learnt that about seven farmers are unable to plough as their farmlands are fenced within the crash site. “It is a rainy season but they cannot plough their lands as the crash site is fenced and guarded by Federal police,” local residents told The Reporter.             

A source close to the matter told The Reporter that as the fund introduced by Boeing this week will assist impacted families and communities the farmers could benefit from the fund.