New York, United States of America:
The judicial department announced on Thursday that US prosecutors struck Boeing with a $ 2.5 billion fine to settle charges that the company defrauded regulators of more than 737 MAX.
Reached a deferred prosecution agreement related to the company’s announcements to regulators regarding issues with Boeing Max, which had been put on the ground for 20 months following two fatal accidents and only recently cleared to return to the skies Was given
Prosecutors described Boeing’s failures in terms, accusing the company of “reducing profits” and engaging in “half-truths” and “cover ups”.
The DOJ accused Boeing of concealing information about the specialty of the maneuver, the anti-stall system, which was a major factor in the flights of Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines, which claimed 346 lives.
The DOJ said Boeing, through two MAX pilots, hid key information about the MCAS from the Federal Aviation Administration.
This omission meant that the FAA did not mention MCAS in its final report certifying MAX, so there was no reference to the system in the manual and pilot training materials.
The DOJ said that after Lion Air’s crash in October 2018, the FAA “first learned” important details about MCAS “, with Boeing hiding from the FAA.
The DOJ said “two pilots at Boeing continue to mislead others – including Boeing and the FAA – about their prior knowledge of changes to MCAS”.
The regulators laid down Max in March 2019 after a second fatal accident.
Both Boeing and the FAA have come under intense scrutiny for not grounding the plane since the first disaster, and critics said that Lax Oversight was called when the plane rolled down.
The DOJ said the size of the penalty reflected Boeing’s conduct, including cooperating in the company’s initial reluctance investigation.
The DOJ stated, “Boeing’s cooperation was delayed and only began after the first six months of the fraud section investigation, during which Boeing’s response disappointed the investigation of the fraud section.”