The U.S. planemaker said Wednesday that it was planning to distribute $100 million (EUR 88.6 million) to support families of the 346 people killed in the two 737 MAX crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.

The company, however, will not hand over the money directly to the families. Instead, the money will be paid to local governments and non-profit organizations that can help families and communities with education and jobs, Deutsche Welle wrote.

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"The families and loved ones of those onboard have our deepest sympathies, and we hope this initial outreach can help bring them comfort," said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing's chief executive.

Robert Clifford, who represents relatives of those killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, said the amount was "a very small number" given "the totality of these losses."

"I wouldn't even say it's a good start," he said.