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Boeing is being sued by a pilot who alleges the company 'demonstrated reckless indifference and conscious disregard for the flying public' with production of its 737 Max, the model involved in two deadly crashes that killed 346 people.
The class action lawsuit, filed anonymously on Friday in Cook County, Illinois where Boeing's Chicago headquarters is located, also accuses the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of joining Boeing 'in an unprecedented cover-up of the known design flaws of the Max, which predictably resulted in the crashes of two Max aircraft and subsequent grounding of all Max aircraft worldwide.'
Boeing - Max - Bishoftu - Ehtiopia - March
A Boeing 737 Max went down in Bishoftu, Ehtiopia in March, killing 157 people, five months after the same aircraft model crashed into the Java Sea in Indonesia in October and killed all 189 passengers and crew on board.
The FAA is not yet named in the lawsuit, but an attorney for the unnamed plaintiff told CNN he has begun the 'necessary procedural precondition to filing suit against the FAA.'
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A spokesperson for the FAA, which has not yet reviewed changes made to the aircraft model's design following the disasters, told DailyMail.com: 'As a practice, we don't comment on pending litigation.'
Boeing spokesperson Peter Pedraza told DailyMail.com the company would not be commenting on the lawsuit.
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Meanwhile, the Securities and Exchanges Commission launched its own investigation into the conduct of Boeing at the end of May, as several US airlines that fly the model have canceled flights that were scheduled to use the plane into September.
The unnamed pilot is seeking damages due to 'significant lost wages, among other economic and non-economic damages' due to the grounding of the plane, alleging the suffering of 'severe emotional and mental stress when they were effectively forced to fly the Max — and required to place their own life and the lives...
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