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Families of Kenyan victims seek compensation for Ethiopian Airlines crash

Families of Kenyan victims seek compensation for Ethiopian Airlines crash
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The families of Kenyan passengers killed in last week’s Boeing 737 airplane crash in Ethiopia are seeking their government’s help in obtaining compensation, according to The Associated Press.

Of the 157 passengers killed in the crash, 32 were Kenyan, more than any other nationality, according to the wire service. The flight from Addis Ababa was bound for Nairobi.

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“If we are left alone, clearly we can’t move,” said Merciline Ndegwa, one of the relatives, according to the AP. “It’s been a difficult time reaching out to the airline and even Ethiopia’s government. So, as we move forward, it is our wish to have help from the government in that front.”

Macharia Kamau, principal secretary of Kenya's Ministry for Foreign Affairs, told the families of victims they should “come together as a group” while the Kenyan government works to obtain death certificates for their family members.

The crash led all countries to ground the 737 Max planes, and in the U.S. regulators and lawmakers are looking into how the jets received their safety certification. The FBI is joining a criminal probe into the certification of the plane, assisting an investigation already initiated by the Department of Transportation.

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate committee approves nominations of three FEC commissioners Cruz urges Supreme Court to take up Pennsylvania election challenge OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration proceeds with rollback of bird protections despite objections | Trump banking proposal on fossil fuels sparks backlash from libertarians | EU 2019 greenhouse gas emissions down 24 percent MORE (R-Texas), chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, announced Wednesday that his panel would hold a hearing on airline safety on March 27. The panel will hear from witnesses including Federal Aviation Administration acting Administrator Daniel Elwell.

Cruz said the panel is planning a second hearing at which Boeing executives and others may be called to testify.