Featured Map for 15 May 2024:
Criminal Charge in Boeing 737 MAX Crashes


After two fatal crashes of the Boeing 737 MAX (Lion Air 610 out of Jakarta, then Ethiopian 302 out of Adis Ababa), the U.S. Department of Justice opened a criminal charge against Boeing related to a conspiracy to defraud the FAA's evaluation of the airplane. Boeing ultimately agreed to pay over $2.5 billion, including a criminal monetary penalty of $243.6 million plus compensation to Boeing's airline customers and $500 million to heirs, relatives, and legal beneficiaries of the 346 passengers who were killed in the two crashes, with a provision that criminal charges would be dropped after three years unless Boeing failed to "prevent and detect violations of the U.S. fraud laws".

The Alaska Airlines 1282 accident occurred just short of three years after the settlement, thus, the terms of the settlement were voided, leading to the current restoration of criminal charges against Boeing.

(In the original filing, the DoJ stated "Boeing's employees chose the path of profit over candor by concealing material information from the FAA concerning the operation of its 737 Max airplane and engaging in an effort to cover up their deception. This resolution holds Boeing accountable for its employees' criminal misconduct, addresses the financial impact to Boeing's airline customers, and hopefully provides some measure of compensation to the crash-victims' families and beneficiaries.")

Today's Featured Map illustrates the path of the two fatal 737 MAX crashes plus Alaska Airlines flight 1282.

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