Deveney Williams (right) wipes a tear from her eye as she and Diana Sotomayor (left) and Hayley Freedman (center), all friends of Samya Rose Stumo, hold up a sign depicting those lost in Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 during a House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing on the status of the Boeing 737 Max on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 19. Stumo was killed in the plane crash. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, file)

Deveney Williams (right) wipes a tear from her eye as she and Diana Sotomayor (left) and Hayley Freedman (center), all friends of Samya Rose Stumo, hold up a sign depicting those lost in Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 during a House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing on the status of the Boeing 737 Max on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 19. Stumo was killed in the plane crash. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, file)

Some Kenyan families reject Boeing’s compensation for crash

A lawyer for the families said they are not pursuing compensation from Ethiopian Airways.

By Tom Odula / Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya — Fifteen Kenyan families of people killed in a plane crash in Ethiopia in March on Friday rejected a proposal by Boeing to compensate them, saying they will pursue their claims in court.

“So far our clients have rejected negotiations outside court,” Lawyer Irungu Kangata said. He said Boeing has twice tried to initiate settlement negotiations with them in June. Kangata said they are not pursuing compensation from Ethiopian Airways.

Boeing faces dozens of lawsuits over two crashes of their 737 Max jets. Relatives of passengers on a Lion Air 737 Max that crashed off the coast of Indonesia agreed to try to settle through mediation, but families of passengers killed in an Ethiopian Airlines crash are waiting until more is known about the accidents.

Boeing said Wednesday it will provide $100 million over several years to help families and communities affected by two crashes of its 737 Max planes that together killed 346 people. Boeing said the offer is separate from any compensation that may result from the lawsuits against the company.

Boeing said that some of the money will go toward living and to cover hardship suffered by the families of dead passengers.

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