Paul Njoroge is one of the family members who lost his wife, mother-in-law and three young children in the crash of a 737 Max in Ethiopia.
Njoroge who testified before Congress in the U.S. on Wednesday said Boeing should scrap the plane and top executives should resign and face criminal charges.
If Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration had done their jobs properly, Njoroge said, “these planes would have been grounded in November and today I would be enjoying summer with my family, I would be playing football with my son.”
Njoroge will be the first relative of any of the 346 passengers who died in the two crashes to testify before Congress. He will be accompanied by Michael Stumo, whose daughter, Samya, also died in the March 10 Ethiopian Airlines crash.
The Max has been grounded worldwide since shortly after that crash.
In a testimony he submitted to the House aviation subcommittee, Njoroge says passengers’ families have several demands that must be met before the Max is allowed to fly again, including a new, top-to-bottom review of the plane by regulators.
In an interview, Njoroge went further, saying the plane should never fly again because of what he considers an irredeemable design flaw.
Boeing did not tell pilots about MCAS until after the first crash, in October off the coast of Indonesia.
“They didn’t want people to know about the design flaw, and that’s why they kept the existence of MCAS hidden,” Njoroge said.
“I’d like to see (Boeing CEO) Dennis Muilenburg and the executives resign, because they caused the deaths of 346 people,” Njoroge said. “They should be held liable criminally for the deaths of my wife and my children and my mom-in-law and 152 others in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 because that was preventable.”
Njoroge was born in Kenya and now lives in Toronto, where he works as an investment professional. Njoroge said he has not received personal condolences.
“It would be very important if Boeing executives can meet with the family members in person and apologize to them,” he said. “That would help.”