Boeing to plead guilty in DOJ 737 Max crash cases

July 10, 2024
Federal prosecutors allege that Boeing misled regulators about the flight control system known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), which was ostensibly designed as a flight stabilization feature on the 737, Meg Godlewski writes for Flying.

WASHINGTON - Boeing has reached an agreement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) over the company's actions following two 737 Max crashes that killed 346 people and sparked the grounding of the 737 line for more than a year, Meg Godlewski writes for FlyingContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

10 July 2024 - “We can confirm that we have reached an agreement in principle on terms of a resolution with the Justice Department," Boeing told FLYING, adding, "subject to the memorialization and approval of specific terms."

The DOJ stated that Boeing will plead guilty to criminal fraud after violating an agreement that protected it from prosecution. Federal prosecutors gave Boeing a choice between pleading guilty and paying a fine or facing a trial for conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Boeing is accused of misleading regulators about the MCAS flight control system, implicated in the crashes of Lion Air Flight 610 in October 2018 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in March 2019. The DOJ claims Boeing deceived the FAA to certify the 737 Max despite concerns about the software and required pilot training.

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Jamie Whitney, Senior Editor
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