Boeing hit with lawsuit for 'unprecedented cover-up'

Boeing hit with lawsuit for 'unprecedented cover-up'
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Boeing was slapped with a class-action lawsuit from more than 400 pilots who say the company covered up design flaws in its 737 Max planes.

The Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) reported Saturday that the lawsuit alleged that Boeing engaged in and "unprecedented cover-up" of the "known design flaws" in the 737 Max planes, which were grounded worldwide following two deadly crashes that killed more than 300 people in total.

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Court documents obtained by the network detail what attorneys say was an "unprecedented cover-up of the known design flaws of the MAX, which predictably resulted in the crashes of two MAX aircraft and subsequent grounding of all MAX aircraft worldwide."

Pilots affected by the decision to ground the aircraft "suffer and continue to suffer significant lost wages, among other economic and non-economic damages," according to the lawsuit.

The case is set to be heard by a court in Chicago on October 21, according to ABC. The lawsuit's original plaintiff, identified only as "pilot X" due to the plaintiff's fears of reprisal from Boeing officials and customers, filed the suit Friday reportedly seeking millions in damages.

Boeing officials declined to comment to ABC on Saturday regarding the lawsuit.