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US Prosecutors Call for Criminal Charges Against Boeing Over Crash Settlements

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Campaign: Victims' families (pictured) have urged prosecutors to seek a record £14.6bn fine against Boeing

US prosecutors have called for criminal charges to be brought against Boeing in connection with a settlement over two deadly crashes.

Two accidents in six months involving the company’s 737 Max aircraft left 346 passengers dead.

A flight operated by Indonesia’s Lion Air crashed in October 2018, killing 189 people. This was followed by an Ethiopian Airlines crash in March 2019, which killed 157 people.

Campaign: Victims’ families (pictured) have urged prosecutors to seek a record £14.6bn fine against Boeing

Investigators found that faulty flight control software caused the fatal crashes, after which all 737 Max planes were grounded for 20 months.

In 2021, Boeing agreed to pay a £2bn settlement and prosecutors asked the court to drop criminal charges after three years if the company met certain criteria.

But last month, the US Justice Department said Boeing had violated the terms of the agreement.

Victims’ families have urged prosecutors to seek a record £14.6bn fine against Boeing and bring criminal charges.

Prosecutors have recommended that the Justice Department file charges. Boeing has previously denied violating the agreement.

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