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Going Direct: Boeing’s Massive Fine Over 737 Max Was Justified

And why it’s too bad another organization couldn’t have gotten smacked down, too.

Boeing 737. Photo by BlueBarronPhoto/Shutterstock
Boeing 737. Photo by BlueBarronPhoto/Shutterstock
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Earlier this week, Boeing agreed to a $2.5 billion fine for what the United States Justice Department is calling criminally fraudulent behavior in the certification of the aircraft.

“The tragic crashes of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302,” wrote the Justice Department, “exposed fraudulent and deceptive conduct by employees of one of the world’s leading commercial airplane manufacturers.” It went on to say that, “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.”    

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