Boeing Has Admitted Fault in Relation to The Lion Air Crash In 2018

MRN – Boeing one of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers, has been summoned by the United States Department of Defense after admitting its mistakes in the tragic accidents involving two Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

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These accidents occurred in 2018 and 2019, involving Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines, resulting in the deaths of a total of 346 people.

The US Department of Justice has stated that Boeing has agreed to pay a criminal fine of $243.6 million (approximately Rp 3.97 trillion).

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However, the families of the victims of the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines accidents have criticized this agreement as a sweet deal that allows Boeing to avoid full responsibility for these two incidents.

The Pentagon spokesperson, Air Force Major General Patrick Ryder, announced that they will assess the impact of Boeing’s guilty plea on existing contracts.

“DOD will evaluate the company’s remediation plan and agreement with the Department of Justice to determine the necessary and appropriate steps to protect the federal government,” Ryder said, as reported by Reuters on Tuesday (8/9/2024).

Debris from a Lion Air passenger jet that crashed in Indonesia in 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

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According to sources familiar with the matter, the US government and Boeing are currently discussing the implications of this guilty plea on Boeing’s government contracts.

This situation has the potential to disrupt Boeing’s contracts with the US government. However, the final details of this agreement are expected to be submitted on July 19.

Paul Cassell, an attorney representing several families of victims, stated that the agreement does not acknowledge that 346 people died due to Boeing’s conspiracy.

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He emphasized that through a cunning legal agreement between Boeing and the US Department of Justice, the deadly consequences of Boeing’s crimes are being concealed.

In a letter addressed to the government in June, Cassell stressed the need for the US Department of Justice to impose a fine on Boeing of over US$24 billion (Rp391.2 trillion).

Zipporah Kuria, who lost her father, Joseph, in one of the fatal accidents, declared that the defense was a “terrible atrocity.”

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“The miscarriage of justice is an understatement to describe this, she said. I hope, if this happens again, the US Department of Justice is reminded that they have the opportunity to do something meaningful and instead choose not to do so.” Kuria said.


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