A distraught man who lost his entire family to the Boeing 737 Max crash in Ethiopia in March has not only slammed the manufacturer, but he also advised lawmakers that the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) needs to be scrutinized as they approved the planes two years ago.
His name is Paul Njoroge and he lost his mother-in-law, his wife, and his three young children who were all passengers on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, which was a Boeing Max 8 that fell to the ground only minutes after it took off from Addis Ababa. All 157 people on board including Njoroge’s family members were instantly killed. This crash followed another in October 2018 in Indonesia, which resulted in the deaths of all 189 passengers on board.
After the second crash, aviation officials around the world decided to ground the aircraft model in mid-March. Investigations pointed to an anti-stall system flaw that could be the core factor behind the crashed.
Since then, Boeing created a fix for the system that is supposed to afford more control to the pilots. Still, officials have given no indication if or when Boeing can expect to get a green light for these planes to take to the skies again.
The House aviation panel had this hearing on Wednesday, and listened to the concerns of pilots, mechanics, flight attendants, and those of Njoroge. This is the third such hearing related to the crashed.
Njoroge stated that he now feels empty and as if his life no longer has meaning and he stated that he now finds it difficult to focus on anything else but the sheer terror that they must’ve endured prior to their deaths. He urged lawmakers to question Boeing whistleblowers, officials, and engineers as that has not yet been done.
Boeing now struggles to regain the trust of the public after the incidents.