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6 minutes: Man haunted by family's final moments on 737 Max

When Paul Njoroge gets on an airplane, he becomes fixated on the first few minutes after takeoff.

"I have to look at my watch and see when I reach the 6-minute mark," Njoroge says. That is the length of time that a Boeing 737 Max carrying his wife, three young children and mother-in-law was airborne before plunging back to Earth in a field in Ethiopia, killing everyone on board.

"I think about my family every minute of my life," he says. "When I'm flying, I cannot even dare to sleep because I'm thinking about them. I dread going back into a plane."

Still, Njoroge (ja-ROW-ga) will fly to Washington to testify Wednesday before a...