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Boeing plea deal in 737 Max crashes angers families and tests prosecutors

Critics say agreement does little to incentivize Boeing to improve quality and safety.

Boeing's decision to plead guilty to a felony fraud charge for its role in two plane crashes that killed 346 people marks an effort to open a new chapter after a half-decade of tumult and investigations. But immediate reactions to the deal - unveiled shortly before midnight Sunday - suggests moving on won't be easy.

Survivors of the victims of the 737 Max airliner crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia derided the plea agreement as a soft landing for the aerospace behemoth. Echoing a range of other critics, they argued that the deal fails to hold individual executives accountable while allowing Boeing to avoid a legal admission that its engineering and safety blunders caused the deaths.

"They're not trying to do anything in terms of justice, in terms of change, in terms of accountability," said Nadia Milleron, whose 24-year-old daughter perished in the Ethiopian Airlines crash in 2019, said of the deal. "They're trying to move the case along."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2024/07/08/boeing-guilty-fraud-crash/

 

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