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Ethiopian plane crash victims from Kenya seek compensation

Last Updated Mar 21, 2019 at 10:05 am PDT

In this Monday, March 11, 2019 file photo, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane being built for TUI Group sits parked in the background at right at Boeing Co.'s Renton Assembly Plant in Renton, Wash. The Transportation Department confirmed that its watchdog agency will examine how the FAA certified the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, the now-grounded plane involved in two fatal accidents within five months. The FAA had stood by the safety of the plane up until last Wednesday, March 13, 2019 despite other countries grounding it. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

NAIROBI, Kenya — The families of Kenyan victims of the Ethiopian plane crash are asking their government for legal assistance in pursuing compensation.

In an emotional gathering Thursday in the capital of Nairobi, the victims’ relatives asked for lawyers to help them pursue their case. One of them, Erick Mwangi, spoke of what could be an “expensive and tedious” legal battle.

Kenya’s foreign ministry is advising them to “come together as a group” as the attorney general takes up the matter. He said the government will assist in obtaining death certificates for the victims.

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Ethiopian Airlines on Thursday urged patience as an investigation into the March 10 crash of its Boeing Max 8 plane continues. Thirty-two Kenyans were among the 157 victims of the plane crash.

The Boeing Max planes have since been grounded.