A spokesperson for Boeing says that the $100 million pledge is “independent of the lawsuits filed by the families and loved ones of those onboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion Air Flight 610,” and is not meant to stop any legal proceedings. “We’ve been assessing a variety of ways to assist the families and communities impacted and determined that this is a constructive step that we can take now,” the spokesperson says. “As the investigations continue, Boeing is cooperating fully with the investigating authorities.
The company says it will release more information in the “near future. ” Boeing also says its employees will be able to make donations to the fund, which the company will match through December 31st, 2019. “We at Boeing are 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.