Boeing Jets That Crashed in Ethiopia, Indonesia Lacked Optional Safety Features

HeadlineMar 22, 2019

The New York Times reports Boeing airplanes that recently crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia both lacked optional safety features that could have saved the lives of 346 people. Both Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 lacked an “angle of attack indicator” and an “angle of attack disagree light”—indicators that Boeing offers only at an additional cost. This comes as families of victims of last October’s Lion Air crash say they were pressured by the airline to sign a pledge not to pursue legal action against the company, in exchange for about $90,000 in compensation. The amount was the minimum the families were entitled to under Indonesian law.

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