Following the two crashes involving Boeing 737 Max planes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, the Boeing plane manufacturer has offered $100m (N36bn) to help families of those affected.
The Ethiopian crash affected two Nigerians, Ambassador Abiodun Bashua and Professor Pius Adesanmi who died among the 157 victims on board, after five months an identical Boeing aircraft owned by the Indonesian carrier Lion Air, crashed into the sea off Jakarta in October 2018.
Boeing in its statement on yesterday, Wednesday 4th of July, said the money will go toward “education, hardship and living expenses for impacted families, community programs and economic development in impacted communities,” and will be committed over multiple years. It is also said to be independent of lawsuits filed in the wake of the disasters, which killed 346 people.
Reports say Boeing faces at least 80 lawsuits on behalf of victims of the accidents. Consumer advocate Ralph Nader, whose grand-niece was among those who died, had also lobbied to permanently remove the plane from service.