Boeing Denies Violating Prosecution Agreement on Fatal 737 MAX Crashes

Boeing has asserted that it did not violate its deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Justice Department, following fatal 737 MAX crashes in 2018 and 2019. Despite a May finding suggesting Boeing failed in compliance and ethics, the company maintains transparency and adherence to the agreement, potentially avoiding further criminal charges.

Reuters | Updated: 13-06-2024 05:24 IST | Created: 13-06-2024 05:24 IST
Boeing Denies Violating Prosecution Agreement on Fatal 737 MAX Crashes
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Boeing told the U.S. Justice Department it did not violate a deferred prosecution agreement after fatal crashes involving the 737 MAX, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.

The U.S. planemaker was responding to a Justice Department determination in May that Boeing violated a 2021 deferred prosecution agreement (DPA). The DPA had shielded the company from a criminal charge arising from fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019 that killed 346 people. "We'll decline to comment on any specific communications with the Justice Department, however, we continue to engage transparently with the Department, as we have throughout the term of the agreement," a Boeing spokesperson told Reuters.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for comment. The Justice Department found in May that Boeing had failed to "design, implement, and enforce a compliance and ethics program to prevent and detect violations of the U.S. fraud laws throughout its operations," according to a court filing.

However, Reuters earlier this month reported that Boeing executives are unlikely to be criminally charged over fatal crashes as the statute of limitations has likely passed. Prosecutors have until July 7 to inform a federal judge in Texas of their plans, which could include proceeding with a criminal case and negotiating a plea deal with Boeing, according to a person familiar with the matter, court filings and correspondence that Reuters reviewed. Short of a prosecution, the Justice Department could also extend the DPA a year.

Boeing had earlier said it believes it has "honored the terms of the agreement" and looks forward to responding to the Justice Department.

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