Boeing is getting sued for wrongful death over the Lion Air crash of a 737 Max 8 in Indonesia. The crash killed all 189 people on board last October.
The federal lawsuit was filed by the estate of Rohmanir Pandi Sagala, one of the 189 souls lost in the accident.
According to documents, obtained by TMZ, the 737 Max 8’s problems stem from a system called MCAS – Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System – which is supposed to stabilize the plane during flight.
Sagala’s attorneys say the MCAS on Lion Air’s Flight 610 tilted the nose into a dive without any input from the pilot, due to a faulty sensor. Sagala’s estate claims the pilots fought to pull the nose back up, causing the plane to seesaw more than 24 times before crashing into the Java Sea.
The lawsuit says Boeing failed to warn the public and pilots about the “dangerous and defective design” of the 737 Max 8. It also references the March 10 Ethiopian Airlines disaster — another 737 Max 8 — which killed 157 people, and led the worldwide grounding of the model.