Federal Prosecutors Recommend Criminal Charges against Boeing

A Boeing 737. Photo: Shutterstock

By Steve Neavling

Federal prosecutors are recommending that the Justice Department criminally prosecute planemaker Boeing, Reuters reports

The recommendation follows the discovery that Boeing violated a settlement tied to two fatal crashes. 

The DOJ has until July 7 to decide whether to prosecute the airline giant. 

Boeing reached a settlement in 2021 after a pair of fatal crashes related to defects in the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft killed nearly 350 people in 2018 and 2019. As part of the settlement, the company was shielded from criminal liability for fraud. In exchange, the company pledged to overhaul its compliance system and pay a $2.5 billion fine. 

Last month, the DOJ found that Boeing violated the agreement. 

Boeing disagreed and claimed it “honored the terms.”

Families urged prosecutors last week to impose a $25 billion fine against Boeing and prosecute criminally. 

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