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Lion Air victim's family files suit against Boeing

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The parents of Dr. Rio Nanda Putrama, who died in the Indonesia airplane disaster last month that killed all 189 passengers on board, have sued Boeing for its alleged "unsafe design" of the 737 Max 8 aircraft.

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The lawsuit, filed Thursday in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, where Boeing is headquartered, centers on a new safety feature that can cause the 737 Max 8 aircraft to "auto-dive" in certain situations.

The suit alleges this is a change from prior Boeing 737 designs and that the company failed to communicate the change.

"At no relevant time prior to the crash... did Boeing adequately warn Lion Air or its pilots of unsafe condition caused by the new 'auto-diving' design," the suit alleges. Putrama was flying to Pangkal Pinang in Indonesia to get married, according to his parent's lawyers.

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