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  • Boeing Fined $2.5b Due To Fraud In MAX Cert.

    From https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/...x-crashes.html (08 Jan 2021)
    The Jakarta Post / Agence France-Presse
    Title : Boeing to pay $2.5b to settle US fraud charges after MAX crashes
    By : John Biers

    [United States prosecutors on Thursday hit Boeing with US$2.5 billion in fines, settling a criminal charge over claims the company defrauded regulators overseeing the 737 MAX ...

    "The tragic crashes of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 exposed fraudulent and deceptive conduct by employees ..." said .. Attorney General David Burns. "Boeing's employees chose the path of profit over candor by concealing material information from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) concerning the operation of its 737 Max airplane and engaging in an effort to cover up their deception." ...

    Boeing will pay a fine of $243.6 million and provide $500 million in additional compensation to families of victims, plus $1.8 billion in additional payments to airline customers.

    The DOJ charged Boeing with concealing information about the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), an anti-stall technology that was a prime factor in the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes which together claimed 346 lives.
    Boeing, through two MAX pilots, concealed key information about MCAS to the FAA . US Attorney Erin Nealy Cox said Boeing employees had engaged in "misleading statements, half-truths and omissions" that hindered oversight. This omission meant the FAA did not mention MCAS in its final report certifying the MAX, so there was no reference to the system in manuals and pilot training materials. After the Lion Air crash in October 2018, FAA "learned for the first time" key details about the MCAS "that Boeing concealed from FAA," DOJ said. And two pilots at at the plane maker "continued misleading others – including at Boeing and the FAA – about their prior knowledge of the change to MCAS," according to the department ...]
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    Originally posted by marcus View Post
    ...FAA did not mention MCAS in its final report certifying the MAX ... After the Lion Air crash in October 2018, FAA "learned for the first time" key details about the MCAS "that Boeing concealed from FAA," DOJ said ...]

    To me this seems strange . Without knowing much about this specific certification process , I guess it is hard to believe that the (FAA) US Government Certification Team of pilots and engineers didn't know enough about this anti-stall system (MCAS) .
    Last edited by marcus; 1 week ago.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by marcus View Post
      ... exposed fraudulent and deceptive conduct by employees ..." said .. Attorney General David Burns ...

      So there is (will be) criminal charges against these emplyees too ?

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