The US Says Boeing Might face Criminal Charges Over the 737 Max Disasters

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is currently evaluating the possibility of taking legal action against Boeing in relation to the two tragic crashes involving its 737 Max aircraft.

The aviation giant violated the terms of an agreement made in 2021 that protected the company from facing criminal charges related to the incidents, according to the DOJ.

Boeing has refuted any claims of violating the agreement.

Two tragic accidents, one in Indonesia in 2018 and another in Ethiopia in 2019, resulted in the loss of 346 lives.

The Department of Justice stated that the plane maker neglected to establish and maintain a compliance and ethics programme to identify and prevent violations of US fraud laws across its operations.

Boeing expressed anticipation for the chance to address the Justice Department’s concerns and maintains that it fulfilled the terms of the agreement.

As part of the agreement, Boeing has agreed to pay a substantial settlement of $2.5bn (£1.98bn). Additionally, prosecutors have indicated that they will request the court to dismiss a criminal charge after a three-year period.

The Department of Justice has given Boeing a deadline of 13 June to address the allegations. The response from Boeing will be carefully considered as the DOJ determines its next course of action.

Relatives of the victims are demanding legal action against the company.

It’s a step in the right direction, and something that families have been waiting for a while. However, according to a statement from lawyer Paul G Cassell, further action from the DOJ is necessary to ensure that Boeing is held accountable for the victims’ families.

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Boeing’s aircraft safety has been under close examination due to an incident in January, where an unused door detached from a new 737 Max shortly after take-off, causing significant damage to the plane.

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