Boeing Avoids Criminal Trial Over 737 Max Crashes After Striking Deal with Biden DOJ

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Boeing has agreed to plead guilty to a criminal fraud charge related to two 737 Max jetliner crashes that killed 346 people in exchange for escaping criminal prosecution by the Department of Justice.

In a court filing Sunday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the DOJ said the airplane manufacturer will plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States by lying to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Justice Department has accused Boeing of misleading regulators about a flight-control system that was implicated in an October 2018 Max jetliner crash in Indonesia and a March 2019 crash in Ethiopia.

Under the deal, the aerospace giant agreed to invest at least $455 million to beef up its compliance and safety programs and pay a $243.6 million fine, according to The Associated Press.

That’s on top of a $243.6 million fine the company paid in a 2021 settlement.

Boeing also will be subject to probation for …

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