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July 08, 2024 07:46
Boeing Agrees To Plead Guilty in 737 MAX Crashes

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Boeing announced on Monday that they had reached a deal with the US Department of Justice regarding the two fatal 737 MAX crashes. According to court documents, the aviation company will plead guilty to defrauding the government during the certification process of the MAX planes. The agreement comes after prosecutors concluded that Boeing disregarded a previous settlement addressing the disasters, which resulted in the tragic loss of 346 lives in Ethiopia and Indonesia over five years ago. Boeing confirmed the agreement in principle, stating that the specific terms are subject to formalization and approval. The court filing in Texas on Sunday revealed that Boeing will be fined and must invest at least $455 million in compliance and safety initiatives, with the compensation for victims' families to be determined by the court. This latest legal challenge for Boeing stemmed from the Department of Justice's determination in mid-May that the company had failed to meet the requirements of a 2021 deferred prosecution agreement to enhance its compliance and ethics program following the MAX crashes.

The families of the victims have expressed their disapproval of the proposed plea agreement, as they believe it does not adequately address the persistent issues within Boeing's corporate culture. According to a statement from their attorney at Clifford Law, the evidence presented over the past five years has clearly shown that Boeing's prioritization of profits over safety has remained unchanged. The legal team representing the families plans to ask the court to reject the plea deal during an upcoming hearing. The original deferred prosecution agreement was announced in January 2021, stemming from charges that Boeing had intentionally deceived the Federal Aviation Administration during the certification process for the 737 MAX. This agreement required Boeing to pay $2.5 billion in fines and restitution, in exchange for avoiding criminal prosecution. However, the three-year probationary period was set to expire this year, when a 737 MAX operated by Alaska Airlines was forced to make an emergency landing due to a fuselage panel blowing out mid-flight, once again plunging Boeing into crisis.

The American legal system has robust measures in place to combat deception and dishonest practices. These safeguards are woven into the fabric of the nation's business and financial activities, ensuring transparency and accountability across all sectors.

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