Boeing 737 MAX Victims’ Families Retain Kreindler
- Kreindler & Kreindler has been retained by multiple families of victims in the crash of the Boeing 737 Max operated as Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.
the incident occurred overseas, Kreindler is fighting to have the Ethiopian Airlines
tragedy heard by a U.S. court since the aircraft was designed and manufactured
in the U.S.
Six Kreindler aviation attorneys have been appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee by Judge Jorge L. Alonso of the Northern District of Illinois federal court. The Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee will lead the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 investigation, discovery and litigation against Boeing and other defendants.
Judge Alonso also selected Kreindler partner Justin T. Green as Co-Chair of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee.
In addition to Mr. Green, Kreindler partners and attorneys named in Judge Alonso’s order include:
- Brian Alexander
- Dan Rose
- Anthony Tarricone
- Megan Benett
- Erin Applebaum
Firm partner Andrew J. Maloney and of Counsel Marc S. Moller will also play important roles on the Kreindler team prosecuting the case.
NEW YORK, NY, April 2, 2019 — Kreindler & Kreindler,
one of the largest aviation law firms in the world, has been retained by
multiple families who lost loved ones in the crash of the Boeing 737 Max operated
as Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on March 10, 2019. On behalf of the families
Kreindler is representing, and as leading aviation safety advocates, the firm will
vigorously pursue legal claims against Boeing and others who are responsible
for this tragic and preventable crash which took the lives of 157 people.
In its rush to modify the 737 workhorse, Boeing produced an airplane with aerodynamic handling problems so dangerous that it had to add the MCAS [Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System], which was necessary to prevent the airplane from stalling. However, as the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes make painfully obvious, the MCAS which was designed to fix the airplane’s aerodynamic problem, in fact, created a worse problem.
The horrific crashes of two newly designed Boeing 737 Max airplanes within the span of a few months, due to virtually identical failures of an on-board computer system, raises the most serious aviation safety questions and exposes several alarming weaknesses in the aviation manufacturing and certification process.
Beyond Boeing’s defective design, there are significant aggravating factors.
Kreindler attorney Brian Alexander laid out several errors that could be attributed to the manufacturer. “Beyond Boeing’s defective design, there are significant aggravating factors. First, Boeing did not inform pilots about how the MCAS would work and pilots were only required to complete a two-and-one-half hour computer training course regarding the Boeing 737 MAX before flying the airplane with passengers on board. Second, Boeing’s design violated a basic principle of aircraft design by allowing a single point failure to trigger a sequence of events that could result in a loss of control. Third, notwithstanding dangers that should have been realized, Boeing made critical safety features ‘optional.’ Boeing and
the FAA should have required as standard equipment the optional MCAS Angle of
Attack (AOA) display and optional AOA disagree light. Finally, for at least
four months before the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, Boeing knew
about the dangers of the MCAS and continued to insist that the Boeing 737 MAX was safe when it should have told its airline customers not to fly the
airplanes until Boeing fixed the MCAS.”
cannot be optional when it comes to airplanes. Putting passengers at risk by
making safety features optional defies common sense. Boeing’s decision to charge
extra for critical safety systems that could have averted these disasters is
just inexplicable,” said Kreindler attorney Anthony Tarricone.
could this happen?” asked Kreindler attorney Marc Moller. “To us it appears that in Boeing’s effort to keep
pace with its competitor, Airbus, design decisions were made by Boeing that
gravely reduced the margin of safety pilots expect when they are at the
controls of commercial aircraft. Profit over safety may ultimately explain the
Kreindler firm is focused on helping the families of loved ones lost on
Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. “The cases arising from the Ethiopian
Airlines Flight 302 tragedy must be heard by a U.S. court,” said Kreindler
attorney Justin Green. “This
case is critically important to the U.S. because Boeing designed and
manufactured the Boeing 737 MAX in the U.S. and the Federal Aviation
Administration certified the airplane as airworthy here. Moreover, the case
will include families of U.S. victims suing a U.S. company over negligence that
occurred here in the U.S,” continued Green. “While U.S. courts historically
have declined to hear cases against Boeing after a Boeing airplane crashes
outside the U.S., no U.S. court should decline to hear the landmark case.”
About Kreindler & Kreindler
& Kreindler LLP is one of the largest and most distinguished aviation
accident law firms in the world. Kreindler attorneys have served as lead
counsel in nearly every major commercial aviation disaster litigation over the
last six decades. Kreindler’s team of attorneys include the following:
Brian Alexander has served as lead lawyer for the
plaintiffs in numerous international aviation crash cases against Boeing,
including the Kenya Airways Flight 507 Boeing 737 crash in Cameroon. He
successfully served the plaintiffs as the lead attorney versus Boeing in the
last major case in the United States against the manufacturer, the 2013 crash
of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 in San Francisco, California.
Justin Green is the past president of the
International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association (IATSBA), was
trained as a USMC pilot, and is currently a licensed airplane and helicopter
pilot. He has represented families in many cases, including Asiana flight 214 at San
Francisco International Airport, Turkish Airlines flight 1951 near Amsterdam and the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370.
Marc Moller has served as the Plaintiffs’
Liaison Counsel in litigation arising from the September 11th terrorist
attacks and his trial results have set records for recoveries in the
jurisdiction in which the actions were filed. He has represented plaintiffs in
every type of aviation aircraft disaster case, including Turkish Airlines 1951
near Amsterdam, Comair flight 3407 near Buffalo and American Airlines flight
965 near Cali, Columbia.
Dan Rose has served as a U.S. Navy carrier
jet pilot and is an active licensed pilot. He has investigated and litigated
numerous commercial airline cases and products liability cases
involving defective aviation components — including engines, fuel systems, auto pilot
systems and flight control systems — against aircraft manufacturers, including
Anthony Tarricone has served as past president of
the American Association for Justice. He was co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs
versus Boeing in the 2009 Turkish Air 737 crash in Amsterdam. In that case,
Kreindler represented over 60 families.
The Kreindler firm has recorded the largest
recovery for a single disaster in the history of aviation to date — nearly $3
billion — against Libya and Pan Am in lawsuits arising out of the bombing of
Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Furthermore, Kreindler has written the
leading legal treatise on aviation litigation (Aviation Accident Litigation
published by Matthew Bender).