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The US Department of Justice may initiate criminal proceedings against Boeing

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun25,2024

Minjust The United States may initiate criminal proceedings against Boeing

American prosecutors will recommend that the Department of Justice US bring criminal charges against the Boeing company for its violation of a settlement agreement related to two fatal plane crashes.

< Of course, the recommendation does not yet mean that any charges will be brought against Boeing. As Reuters reports, the Ministry of Justice has until July 7 to make a final decision. The report cites two unnamed sources in the Ministry of Justice who describe the process as “ongoing” and note at the same time that “no final decisions have been made yet”.

Boeing and the Ministry of Justice reached a settlement in 2021 after two crashes in the late 2010s involving the new Boeing 737 Max planes. The first disaster in 2018 killed 189 people in Indonesia, and the second, in 2019, – 157 in Ethiopia. At first, the company called the cause of both cases “pilot error”, but after government investigations, it turned out that it was all due to faulty software. It led to the fact that the nose of the new planes tilted down so that the pilots could not correct the situation.

During the investigation, Boeing employees said they wouldn't even let their family members fly on some of the company's new planes because of the safety gaps. “Would you put your family in a plane prepared on the Max simulator? I wouldn't be”, – wrote one of the company's employees in February 2018, about half a year before the disaster in Indonesia.

The company made headlines again earlier this year after a door stopper fell off an Alaska Airlines flight. The FBI sent letters to passengers on the flight notifying them that they may have been victims of a crime. Last month, the Ministry of Justice announced that Boeing had violated the terms of a settlement agreement that allowed the company to avoid criminal prosecution. The settlement, which included a $2.5 billion fine, alleged that Boeing committed fraud against the FAA and required stricter oversight and ethics rules.

This contradicts earlier reports that the company would not face&rsquo Criminal charges have been filed. It was previously reported that the company could be in a deferred prosecution agreement that would involve more compliance checks and possibly a larger fine. But the families of those who died in the disasters of 2018 and 2019 expressed their wish that the company be brought to criminal responsibility. Congress and apologized to the families of the victims.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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