On Thursday, the mother and brother of 24-year-old Samya Stumo, who died in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in March, held a protest outside the FAA headquarters demanding justice. The crash of the 737 MAX plane, which killed Stumo and 156 others, came just months after 189 people perished when Lion Air Flight 610 crashed minutes after takeoff. Samya Stumo’s mother, Nadia Milleron, questioned why FAA safety chief Ali Bahrami didn’t ground 737 MAX jets after the first crash — even though the FAA knew another malfunction was likely.
Nadia Milleron: “Why did he [Bahrami] let those planes go back in the air? So Boeing could make money. That’s the only reason. And he is the safety commissioner, and he exposed the public to an unacceptable risk, which he uses the words in his testimony.”