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Grieving father set to slam Boeing in Congress

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Grieving father set to slam Boeing in Congress

Grieving father set to slam Boeing in Congress

Before flying to Washington to climb the steps of Congress and testify to a crowd of aviation experts and lawmakers this week, Paul Njoroge spent a desolate weekend packing away toys his children would never play with again.

Ryan Brooks reports.

(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." Six minutes after takeoff, the Boeing 737 Max carrying Paul Njoroge's family crashed in Ethiopia.

Baby Rubi, four-year-old Kelli, and six-year old Ryan.

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

(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: "Ever since it happened, I have thought of those six minutes every day of my life.

And you know, I don't know, I don't know if that will ever stop." On Wednesday (July 17) Njoroge will be heading to U.S. Congress to talk about how he'll never see his family again.

Ethiopia Airlines Flight 302 went down months after the same model crashed in Indonesia.

Njoroge says 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: "Every time when I'm walking along the streets and I see people with their children playing and having some joyful moments, I miss my children a lot.

I miss my wife a lot.

When I see a couple walking together holding hand, holding hands." Like many victims' families, Njoroge has filed a lawsuit accusing Boeing of negligence.

He wants a full recertification of the Boeing 737 MAX.

And he says getting justice is what gets him out of bed.

(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: "The CEO of Boeing and his executive team should resign." Boeing has not yet been called to testify.

In an emailed statement the company 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.

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: "I'll think about those six minutes every day of my life.

So my life will never be normal again."




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