Families who lost loved ones in Boeing crashes say the company should be fined $24 billion

The families of the victims wrote to the Department of Justice, requesting Boeing be criminally prosecuted.

Published: June 19, 2024 4:03pm

Families of individuals who died on two Boeing 737 Max crashes say that the company should be fined $24 billion, referring to the actions of Boeing as the “deadliest corporate crime in US history."

Families of the victims wrote to the Department of Justice requesting that Boeing be criminally prosecuted, according to CNN.

“Because time is of the essence to avoid any statute of limitations from running (out), the Department should begin these prosecutions promptly,” the family members wrote in a letter, submitted by their attorney, Paul Cassell.

The family members were related to the victims of two crashes, one in October 2018 in Indonesia, and one in 2019 in Ethiopia. 

On Tuesday, Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun testified before the Senate on safety concerns about the company where he also apologized to the families of those who died in the crashes. 

"I apologize for the grief we have caused," Calhoun said, turning around and facing the victims' families. "I want you to know we are totally committed to work focused on safety... I’m sorry."

He also apologized to the crew and passengers of the Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max flight that had a door blow off mid-flight in January.

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