Boeing lawyers say victims of Boeing 737 MAX crash in Ethiopia died painlessly

The Wall Street Journal has published a report on Boeing’s infamous mental gymnastics to avoid blame for two 737 Max crashes that killed a total of 346 people.

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The WSJ reported in a recent lawsuit that Boeing’s lawyers quoted experts who said “737 MAX victims died painlessly because the plane hit the ground so fast that their brains didn’t have time to process the pain signals from their nervous systems.”

“Boeing recognizes the tremendous tragedy suffered by the families,” attorneys wrote in a filing from February 27th viewed by WSJ. However, the attorneys argue that Illinois laws “provide that evidence of passengers’ pre-impact pain and suffering may not be admitted to support a damages award in this case.”

The airplane company hired an expert witness — Jonathan French, described as an expert in human factors and aerospace physiology — who said in a court filing that “While passengers undoubtedly perceived the flight as scary, humans have a tendency to hold on to hope and not expect the worst […] Ultimately, it is impossible to know the subjective experience of each occupant,” WSJ reports.

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