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Boeing pleads guilty to fraud in connection with two 737 MAX crashes

Boeing признал вину в мошенничестве по делу о двух катастрофах 737 MAX

The Boeing Corporation agreed to a deal with the US Department of Justice and pleaded guilty to fraud charges in connection with two crashes of 737 MAX aircraft in Indonesia and Ethiopia. Meduza writes about this with reference to Reuters. The deal must be approved by the court. As Reuters notes, the guilty plea "potentially jeopardizes Boeing's ability to secure lucrative government contracts, such as those with the US Department of Defense and NASA." At the same time, the trial, which will now not happen, could “draw public attention to the decisions made by the company on the eve of the plane crashes.” Under the terms of the agreement with the Justice Department, Boeing will pay a fine of $243.6 million and must also spend at least $455 million over three years to improve flight safety. The deal involves the appointment of an independent monitor who will publish annual reports on the work done by the corporation. In addition, the Boeing board of directors is scheduled to meet with relatives of those killed in the two plane crashes. The deal was criticized by families of plane crash victims. Lawyers for some of them said they would ask the court to reject the deal. In their opinion, Boeing should go to trial and bear more serious financial costs. On October 29, 2018, a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX crashed in Indonesia, killing 189 people. On March 10, 2019, an Ethiopian Airlines plane of the same model crashed in Ethiopia, killing 157 people. In both cases, the main cause of the disaster was a failure of the aircraft's maneuvering performance enhancement system (MCAS).

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