Boeing pleads guilty to fraud conspiracy, faces $243.6M fine amid criticism from crash victims’ families

Boeing has agreed to plead guilty to a criminal fraud conspiracy charge after the US Department of Justice (DoJ) found the company violated a reform deal linked to the fatal crashes of two 737 Max planes, which killed 346 people.


As part of the plea agreement, Boeing will pay a $243.6 million fine. Victims’ families have criticized the deal as insufficient, calling for a public trial to hold Boeing fully accountable.


The plea deal, which must be approved by a judge, allows Boeing to avoid a criminal trial.


The company has faced scrutiny since the 2018 and 2019 crashes led to a global grounding of the 737 Max.


In 2021, Boeing was charged with deceiving the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about the MCAS flight control system implicated in the crashes and agreed to a $2.5 billion settlement, including penalties and compensation for victims’ families.


Despite the plea, Boeing’s criminal record could impact its government contracting business.


Paul Cassell, representing some victims’ families, condemned the deal as a “sweetheart deal” that hides the full consequences of Boeing’s actions.


Calls for a public trial persist, with critics arguing that Boeing’s status as a major government contractor influenced the decision to settle.



The company continues to face legal challenges and investigations, including from a recent incident involving an Alaska Airlines flight.


The plea deal, if approved, will mark a significant moment in Boeing’s ongoing struggle with safety and legal issues.




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