The funds will not go direct to the families, but will be given to local governments and non-profit organizations to help families with education and living expenses. Independently, lawsuits were filed by families of the 346 people killed in the two crashes. The company has been criticized for what some have seen as a clumsy response to the crashes. One aviation lawyer said that while it’s not unusual for a plane manufacturer not to apologize after a crash, he did not think an apology would hurt Boeing’s legal standing. Attorney Steve Marks said this response was not “unusual” from manufacturers after a crash, but he described Boeing’s reaction as “worse” than a typical response.
Some relatives of the victims
At the Paris Air Show in June, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said Boeing “made a mistake” in handling the system and said Boeing’s communication was “not acceptable.” Boeing Co’s insurers face big claims from families of the victims. Experts say the Boeing Company could be facing payouts in excess of $1 billion (£770 million) if it can be proved that it had knowledge that the model had safety flaws.