US judge applies ‘crime victims’ status in Boeing 737 MAX crashes

The first Boeing Max 737 crashed in Indonesia in October 2018, killing 189, and another crashed in Ethiopia killing 157.

Front of Boeing jet in the air with front wheel out

A United States federal court judge has ruled relatives of the 346 people killed in the crashes of two Boeing 737 Max planes in Indonesia and Ethiopia are representatives of crime victims under federal law and should have been told about private negotiations over a settlement that spared Boeing from criminal prosecution.