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Boeing to give $100m to the families of Ethiopian Airlines crash, in which two Moroccans died

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Ethiopia plane crash killed 157 people. / Ph. DR

American aerospace company Boeing has announced that it is giving $100 million to help those who lost their loved ones in the two crashes of the company’s 737 Max planes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, BBC reports.

The financial contribution suggested by Boeing is expected to support the families of the victims who were affected by the ill-fated Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max 8. Two Moroccan nationals lost their lives in the crash which took place on March the 10th.

In a statement released Wednesday, July 3, Boing said that the «funds will support education, hardship and living expenses for impacted families, community programs, and economic development in impacted communities».

The American company added that it «will partner with local governments and non-profit organizations to address these needs. This initial investment will be made over multiple years».

Quoted by BBC, the chairman and chief executive of Boeing said that the company is «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».

For the record, 12 Arab passengers died after an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed 6 minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa. The list includes 60-year-old Moroccan ecologist Ben Ahmed Chihab, who was also the regional director of environment of the Draa Tafilalet region. The latter was expected to attend a UN-backed panel on the Convention on Biodiversity, flying to Nairobi on his birthday : 10th of March.

Chihab was accompanying El Hassan Essayouti, a 63-year-old nuclear physics professor at Morocco’s Hassan II University.

For the record, 157 people were killed in the tragic crash. The fatal accident is the second of its kind that involves a 737 Max in the span of five months.

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