Boeing’s $100 million pledge for 737 MAX crash victims sparks criticism and questions
Shantel Rehhorn, sister of Canadian victim Angela Rehhorn, issued a statement Wednesday calling Boeing's offer "a slap in the face to all who have lost loved ones."
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- Shantel Rehhorn, sister of Canadian victim Angela Rehhorn, issued a statement Wednesday calling Boeing's offer "a slap in the face to all who have lost loved ones."
Boeing announced a $100 million fund Wednesday as an "initial outreach" to the families of victims of the two 737 MAX crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, a step that lawyers for the families called "unprecedented " yet dismissed as little more than a publicity ploy.
Because the money will be disbursed partly to local authorities and communities, families and lawyers expressed fear that some of it will line the pockets of local officials and could even exert Boeing influence on the handling of the investigations by the Indonesian and Ethiopian authorities.
Boeing said Wednesday it will provide the money "over multiple years … to address family and community needs of those affected by the tragic accidents of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302."
The company said the money is intended to "support education, hardship and living expenses for impacted families, community programs, and economic development in impacted communities."
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