Boeing $100M Donation Meets Doubts From Victims’ Families

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A woman mourns next to coffins during the burial ceremony of the Ethiopian Airline Flight ET 302 crash victims at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Orthodox church in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 17, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Maheder Haileselassie)

 The families of victims of those who passed away in the October and March crash of 737 Max jets. expressed doubts over the Boeing's sincerity following the announcement that it will donate $100 million to charities to assist the families.

According to Reuters, part of victims' families argued on Thursday that while the donation is huge and could be of great help, the details are unclear. They also pointed out that the company should have consulted with the loved ones of the deceased first.

For Quindos Karanja, whose three grandchildren, daughter, and wife all passed away in the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March, said Boeing's latest move "is not in good faith" since the charities and foundations that will receive assistance were not specified.

Other loved ones of the victims shared Karanja's sentiments. They reiterated that the American aviation company failed to inform them before making the big announcement - calling the move "unacceptable."

Even before Boeing made the announcement about its hefty donation, the company has already been slapped with multiple lawsuits. Among the lawsuits is one from Kenyan lawyer Kabau-Wanyoike's family.

Wanyoike's brother, George, was among the people who passed away after the Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max jet crashed shortly after take-off. She noted that her parents are "being disturbed" by inquiries if they have received assistance from the company or not.

Other people questioned why Boeing had to publicize its plan to assist affected families. While the company may have good intentions, many industry analysts doubt why the U.S. aviation leader couldn't hand over donations in a more discreet manner.

It is also worth noting that the company has yet to specify how the massive $100 million donations will be divided among families or foundations helping the families of 737 Max crash victims. This particular aspect of the announcement has led to doubts about the firm's true intentions.

Multiple outlets reported that Boeing said the money will be used to assist the education of the victims' children as well as living costs for those left behind by the unfortunate events involving two 737 Max planes.

According to BBC News, Boeing said it will partner with local organizations and governments to help support the affected families, adding that the plan will roll on for several years.

For legal expert Robert Clifford, the American aviation giant's move "appears to be disingenuous." Clifford is representing 23 families whose loved ones were among the 346 people killed in the two crashes.

Boeing has yet to respond to requests for a comment on the reaction of people over its donation announcement.

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