Relatives of passengers killed in Boeing crash protest in DC

Family members of passengers who died in a Boeing 737 Max crash in Ethiopia are meeting with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and holding a demonstration outside her agency's headquarters

ByDAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writer
September 10, 2019, 2:17 PM
Beza Alemu, left, from Ethiopia, along with other demonstrators, holds pictures of his brother Mulusew Alemu, who died in the plane crash, during a vigil on the six-month anniversary of the crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8, killing 157 people, in Ethiopia
Beza Alemu, left, from Ethiopia, along with other demonstrators, holds pictures of his brother Mulusew Alemu, who died in the plane crash, during a vigil on the six-month anniversary of the crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8, killing 157 people, in Ethiopia on March 10, which has resulted in the grounding hundreds of the planes worldwide, outside of the Department of Transportation, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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Families of passengers who died in one of the Boeing 737 Max crashes are meeting with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and holding a demonstration outside her agency's Washington headquarters.

Victims' relatives fear that the plane is being rushed back into service.

They want the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct a completely new review of the Max instead of mainly examining changes Boeing made to flight-control software.

They also want pilots to train on flight simulators before they fly the plane. Boeing, which wants to avoid further delays in bringing the plane back, believes computer training is adequate for now, with simulator sessions later.

The protest is occurring on the six-month anniversary of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302. A Lion Air Max crashed near Indonesia in October 2018.

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