Grieving father slams Boeing in Congress testimony

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Published on July 18, 2019 - Duration: 02:25s

Grieving father slams Boeing in Congress testimony

Paul Njoroge lost his wife, three children and mother-in-law when a Boeing 737 MAX crashed in Ethiopia in March.

Now he's testifying in Congress.

Havovi Cooper reports.

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Grieving father slams Boeing in Congress testimony

Six minutes after takeoff, the Boeing 737 Max carrying Paul Njoroge's family crashed in Ethiopia... killing Baby Rubi, four-year-old Kelli, and six-year old Ryan.

They died alongside Njoroge's wife Carolyne and his mother-in-law Anne.

In a moving testimony to Congress on Wednesday Njoroge recalled how his family final moments might have unfolded (SOUNDBITE) (English) PAUL NJOROGE, TORONTO MAN WHO LOST HIS WIFE, THREE CHILDREN AND MOTHER-IN-LAW IN ETHIOPIA AIRLINES FLIGHT 302 CRASH ON MARCH 10, 2019, SAYING: "I think about the last 6 minutes a lot... my wife and mom in law knew they were going to die.

They had to somehow comfort the children during those final moments, knowing that they were the last.

I wish i was there with her." Ethiopia Airlines Flight 302 went down months after the same model crashed in Indonesia.

In an interview with Reuters ahead of the hearing Njoroge said if Boeing grounded the 737 MAX after the first crash- his family would still be here.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) PAUL NJOROGE, TORONTO MAN WHO LOST HIS WIFE, THREE CHILDREN AND MOTHER-IN-LAW IN ETHIOPIA AIRLINES FLIGHT 302 CRASH ON MARCH 10, 2019, SAYING: "My family was my life.

That was my life taken away from me.

Within six minutes." Like many victims' families, Njoroge has filed a lawsuit accusing Boeing of negligence.

Boeing has not yet been called to testify.

But Njoroge says he doesn't want a probe to stop at Boeing.

He also wants Congress to question the Federal Aviation Administration, which deemed the plane safe.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) PAUL NJOROGE, TORONTO MAN WHO LOST HIS WIFE, THREE CHILDREN AND MOTHER-IN-LAW IN ETHIOPIA AIRLINES FLIGHT 302 CRASH ON MARCH 10, 2019, SAYING: "They recklessly left Boeing to police themselves.

The families demand that the Boeing 737 be re-certified because it is too different from the original certified plane." In an emailed statement Boeing said quote "These incidents and the lives lost will continue to weigh heavily on our hearts and on our minds for years to come." It's recently pledged $100 million dollars to help families affected by the crashes but Njoroge says that's not enough.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) PAUL NJOROGE, TORONTO MAN WHO LOST HIS WIFE, THREE CHILDREN AND MOTHER-IN-LAW IN ETHIOPIA AIRLINES FLIGHT 302 CRASH ON MARCH 10, 2019, SAYING: "If Boeing's wrongful conduct continues, another plane will dive to the ground, killing me, you, your children, all the other members of your family.

It is you who must be the leaders in this fight for aviation safety in the world."

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