Family of Exmouth woman killed in Boeing 737 air crash in Ethiopia begin legal action

United Nations worker Joanna Toole was among those killed when Flight 302 came down in Ethiopia. Credit: Family

The father of a woman from Exmouth who was killed in the Ethiopian air crash in March 2019 has begun legal action against Boeing and a sensor manufacturer.

Joanna Toole was a United Nations wildlife and marine campaigner and was heading to give a speech at a UN climate change conference. The 36-year-old was one of 157 passengers and crew killed when Flight 302 came down shortly after take off.

It was the second accident involving the Boeing 737 Max within five months. The exact cause of the crash is unknown but the entire fleet of the aircraft is still grounded.

Boeing says it has now set aside $100M to support the families and community of those affected by the two accidents.

Remains of the crashed Boeing 737 Max in Ethiopia. Credit: ITV News

Joanna's family have instructed lawyers to proceed against Boeing and sensor manufacturer Rosemount Aerospace.

Mr Toole hopes, in time, to set up a memorial to Joanna in Exmouth. He says that any compensation from the court case will go towards the creation of the Joanna Toole Foundation, which will continue her mission for better animal welfare.