Mike Andrews, of Montgomery, Alabama-based Beasley Allen, has been working on litigation against Boeing since soon after the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a 737 MAX, on March 10, 2019.

Days afterward, he traveled to Ethiopia, then rode several hours to the scene of the crash. Andrews described it as a 45-foot crater—large enough to hold a three-story building—in Tulu Fara village near Bishoftu, Ethiopia. He said the aircraft “throttled into the ground at nearly 600 miles per hour.” Only fragments of the plane remained, along with personal belongings of the passengers.