CHICAGO (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N) heads to court on Wednesday to dispute a request from lawyers representing victims of a 737 MAX crash for documents related to the aircraft’s design, development and two fatal disasters involving the now-grounded plane.
Chicago-based Boeing faces around 100 lawsuits by families of 157 victims of a Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash on March 10, five months after a similar accident on a Lion Air flight that killed 189 people.
Lawyers for the victims’ families are asking why Boeing and U.S. regulators allowed the MAX to continue flying after the Lion Air disaster and whether the planemaker hid materials from crash investigators.
“Whether and to what extent Boeing withheld materials relevant to the design failures on the 737 Max aircraft from the Lion Air investigators is critical to the question of liability and punitive damages,” lawyers for the Ethiopian crash victims said in a court filing.
Their arguments were made as part of a joint status report ahead of Wednesday’s hearing in U.S. federal court in Chicago.