Monday, July 15, 2024

Lawyer claims US government to provide Boeing with favorable agreement

Families of Boeing 737 Max crash victims object to “sweetheart plea deal” offer

The US government is reportedly preparing to offer Boeing a controversial “sweetheart plea deal” related to the two fatal Boeing 737 Max crashes that claimed the lives of 346 people. According to a lawyer representing the victims’ families, the deal includes a small fine, three years of probation, and independent safety audits.

The crashes, which occurred within six months of each other in 2018 and 2019, were linked to faulty flight control systems on Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft. The families of the victims have been seeking justice, calling for prosecutions of Boeing’s top executives at the time of the crashes and a hefty fine of $24.8 billion for what they describe as “the deadliest corporate crime in US history.”

Despite a previous settlement in 2021, in which Boeing agreed to pay a $2.5 billion settlement and promised to create a new compliance system, the Department of Justice has accused the company of breaching the agreement. The families have until July 7th to decide whether to revive a criminal charge of fraud brought against Boeing in connection to the crashes.

This plea deal has sparked outrage among the victims’ families and advocates for aviation safety, who believe that the memory of those lost demands more substantial justice. The decision on whether to proceed with the plea deal or pursue further legal action against Boeing is eagerly awaited by all those involved in this high-stakes case.

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