Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 20, 2024

Families Urge DOJ To Penalize Boeing With $24B Fine, Prosecute Ex-Executives

Relatives of the victims of two tragic Boeing 737 MAX crashes are pushing the Department of Justice (DOJ) to impose a severe penalty on Boeing and to prosecute former company executives.

According to Fox Business, the families’ request follows Boeing's previous deferred prosecution agreement and growing scrutiny of the aerospace giant's safety measures.

In a letter sent to the DOJ on Wednesday, an attorney for 15 affected families requested a $24.78 billion fine for Boeing and criminal charges against former executives, including ex-CEO Dennis Muilenburg. Muilenburg resigned in December 2019 amid the fallout from the deadly crashes.

Disasters of Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines Flights

The devastating crashes involved Lion Air Flight 610 in October 2018 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in March 2019, resulting in 346 fatalities.

Following these incidents, Boeing entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the federal government in 2021, protecting it from criminal charges related to these accidents.

However, in May, the DOJ concluded that Boeing violated its commitments under the existing agreement, prompting a reassessment of how to proceed. "The government is determining how it will proceed in this matter," a DOJ representative stated.

Increased Pressure on Boeing and DOJ

Families have significantly intensified their campaign to hold Boeing accountable. Their collective demand for justice accompanied a press briefing on Capitol Hill leading up to Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun's testimony before the Senate.

During his appearance, Calhoun acknowledged Boeing's responsibility for both crashes and extended an apology to the victims' families. He is scheduled to step down as CEO at the end of the year but will continue serving on Boeing's board.

The Boeing 737 MAX's safety issues resurfaced in January when a door detached mid-flight from an Alaska Airlines aircraft. This incident led at least a dozen Boeing employees to blow the whistle, raising concerns about the company's quality control and organizational culture.

Ongoing Federal Investigations

In addition to the DOJ's ongoing inquiry, multiple federal agencies are currently investigating Boeing. This scrutiny underscores the families' determination to achieve accountability and justice for the lives lost in the crashes.

Since contact was initiated, Boeing has not responded to FOX Business regarding the families' letter to the DOJ.

The affected families continue to advocate fervently for stringent repercussions and substantial corporate accountability throughout this unfolding situation. As the DOJ decides its next steps, the victims' relatives remain resolute in their quest for justice and significant reforms within Boeing.

Conclusion

Relatives of the victims of two fatal Boeing 737 MAX crashes are urging the DOJ to levy a $24.78 billion fine against Boeing and prosecute former executives involved. The crashes of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 resulted in 346 lives lost, leading to intense scrutiny and legal maneuvers. Recent investigations and incidents have reignited safety concerns, and the DOJ's next moves are highly anticipated. Families remain steadfast in their demand for rigorous penalties and accountability from Boeing.

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