Polish airline to demand compensation from Boeing: reports

Polish “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna” reports that Polish Airlines LOT will demand compensations from Boeing for being unable to use 737 Max airplanes.

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The constructor grounded all of these airplanes following the crash of one of them in Ethiopia in which 157 died, including two Poles, a diplomat and a child.

“We will seek redress due to the losses, extra costs and lost benefits,” the spokesperson of LOT told the newspaper.

Another Polish carrier, Enter Air, is also likely to demand compensation from Boeing because of the grounding of the 737 Max aircraft.

It is not known when these airplanes will be ready to be flown again. After two crashes in a period of six months – recently in Ethiopia and earlier in Indonesia – as many as 371 of these aircraft have been grounded worldwide.

LOT added that it has to wait for the detailed results of the investigation about the crash. The early reports say that the cause of the accident in Ethiopia can be similar to that in Indonesia.

Experts point to the malfunction of the MCAS system, supporting the control of the airplane is some situations. It prevents loss of the lift force and can lower the nose of the plane in case of emergency, but in the opinion of investigators, this system turns on too easy.

After five Boeing 737 Max had been grounded, LOT hired four older generation 737s and borrowed one plane from Enter Air.

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