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Sunday,  July 14, 2024 3:54 AM 

Boeing crash families demand $25bn fine, prosecutions

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  •   06-20-2024  11:27 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Boeing crash families demand $25bn fine, prosecutions
Boeing's company office in Pleasanton, California. (Shutterstock/Michael Vi)
Pax Global Media

The families of victims in two Boeing 737 MAX plane crashes have asked for a fine of $24.8bn and that the company be prosecuted as a result of “the deadliest corporate crime in U.S. history.”

According to reporting from the BBC, Paul Cassell, the families’ attorney, said the amount was “justified and clearly appropriate” given “enormous human costs of Boeing’s crimes.”

In a 32-page letter seen by the BBC, Cassell said the U.S. government should prosecute those who led Boeing when 346 people were killed in two crashes in 2018 and 2019.

The letter cited the apology by Boeing’s chief executive Dave Calhoun gave while providing evidence to Congress on Tuesday.

“I apologise for the grief that we have caused,” he said, as family members of the crash victims listened.

Calhoun also acknowledged that the company had made mistakes and said it had “learned” from the past.

He admitted that Boeing had retaliated against whistleblowers, but said he had “listened” to those employees.

Two 737 MAX aircraft crashed in separate but almost identical accidents.

In Oct. 2018, all 189 people on a Lion Air flight died after their Boeing aircraft crashed into the Java Sea 13 minutes after take-off from Jakarta.

In March 2019, an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed six minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa. All 157 onboard were killed.

Both deadly crashes were linked to faulty flight control systems.

The Justice Department is now deciding whether or not to revive a 2021 criminal charge of fraud against Boeing that was related to the two crashes.

At the time, the company acknowledged in a settlement that it had mislead air-safety regulators about aspects of the plane and promised to create a new compliance system to detect and prevent fraud.

But in May, prosecutors found that the settlement was violated when a door panel flew off a 737 MAX during an Alaska Airlines flight in January.

The Justice Department has until July 7 to make a decision about the possible revival of the case.

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