Boeing pledges $100 million for families of 737 MAX crash victims

Boeing pledges $100 million for families of 737 MAX crash victims

Boeing has announced $100 million in funds towards the support of people affected by the Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 plane crashes.

Boeing pledges $100 million for families of 737 MAX crash victims

Boeing has announced $100 million in funds towards the support of people affected by the recent Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 plane crashes.

The funds will be given to support education, hardship and living expenses for impacted families as well as community programmes and economic development in impacted communities. Boeing says it will partner with local governments and non-profit organisations.

This “initial investment” will be made over multiple years.

Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and CEO, commented: "We at Boeing are sorry for the tragic loss of lives in both of these accidents and these lives lost will continue to weigh heavily on our hearts and on our minds for years to come. The families and loved ones of those on board have our deepest sympathies, and we hope this initial outreach can help bring them comfort.”

He added: "We know every person who steps aboard one of our airplanes places their trust in us. We are focused on re-earning that trust and confidence from our customers and the flying public in the months ahead."

Boeing says it will release additional information on the funds soon.

Consistent with Boeing's regular process for employee charitable donations, company employees will also have the opportunity to make donations in support of the families and communities impacted by the accidents. Boeing will match these employee donations until December 31, 2019.

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