Boeing 737 Max case: the manufacturer receives a hefty fine

If you remember, a few years ago the crash of Lion Air 610 and Ethiopian 302 flights claimed many lives. The aircraft involved in these accidents were all Boeing 737 Max . Apparently, the problem with these Boeing 737 Max was with their MCAS (Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System) tool.

And according to the latest information, denounced by its own employees, Boeing will have to pay a high price . Namely financial penalties amounting to more than 2.5 billion dollars, for these incidents which could apparently have been avoided. The Department of Justice announced this decision on Thursday, January 7.

Boeing 737 Max Case The Manufacturer Receives A Hefty Fine

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As you know, after the second crash any flight involving a Boeing 737 Max was banned for a long time. But since November 2020, after having remedied the concerns with the MCAS tool, the American manufacturer has again benefited from an authorization from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) for the redeployment of its 737 Max.

Crashes that Boeing could have avoided

As a reminder, in October 2018, Lion Air flight 610 crashed in the Java Sea (Pacific Ocean), 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta (Indonesia). And in March 2019, Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crashed, just 6 minutes after taking off in Ethiopia. Unfortunately, the crash of Lion Air flight 610 killed 189 people, that of Ethiopian Airlines left 157 people dead.

According to the FAA Aircraft Assessment Group , it was Boeing's own employees who denounced him during the investigations, indicating that the firm was covering up the truth. Apparently, if the MCAS of the two 737 Max were failing, it was because of the size of the turbojets which changed the aerodynamics of the planes. But Boeing had preferred to hide this information.

In addition, the two aircraft involved in these accidents were not equipped with a safety device intended to alert the pilots in the event that a problem with the flight sensors arose. Device that Boeing has classified as an “optional supplement”.

A salty note for the American manufacturer

To cope with these failures, apparently repeatedly postponed, Boeing had to manage without its CEO, Denis Muilenburg, who preferred to resign rather than become an accomplice in the situation.

Now that this MCAS issue is resolved and having accepted the facts, Boeing is fined over $ 2.5 billion. An amount that includes a criminal sanction ($ 243 million), compensation for relatives of victims ($ 500 million) and that of airline customers ($ 1.77 billion).

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If you remember, a few years ago the crash of Lion Air 610 and Ethiopian 302 flights claimed many lives. The aircraft involved in these accidents were all Boeing 737 Max . Apparently, the problem with these Boeing 737 Max was with their MCAS (Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System) tool.

And according to the latest information, denounced by its own employees, Boeing will have to pay a high price . Namely financial penalties amounting to more than 2.5 billion dollars, for these incidents which could apparently have been avoided. The Department of Justice announced this decision on Thursday, January 7.

Boeing 737 Max Case The Manufacturer Receives A Hefty Fine

Photo by Trinity Moss. Unsplash Credits

As you know, after the second crash any flight involving a Boeing 737 Max was banned for a long time. But since November 2020, after having remedied the concerns with the MCAS tool, the American manufacturer has again benefited from an authorization from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) for the redeployment of its 737 Max.

Crashes that Boeing could have avoided

As a reminder, in October 2018, Lion Air flight 610 crashed in the Java Sea (Pacific Ocean), 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta (Indonesia). And in March 2019, Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crashed, just 6 minutes after taking off in Ethiopia. Unfortunately, the crash of Lion Air flight 610 killed 189 people, that of Ethiopian Airlines left 157 people dead.

According to the FAA Aircraft Assessment Group , it was Boeing's own employees who denounced him during the investigations, indicating that the firm was covering up the truth. Apparently, if the MCAS of the two 737 Max were failing, it was because of the size of the turbojets which changed the aerodynamics of the planes. But Boeing had preferred to hide this information.

In addition, the two aircraft involved in these accidents were not equipped with a safety device intended to alert the pilots in the event that a problem with the flight sensors arose. Device that Boeing has classified as an “optional supplement”.

A salty note for the American manufacturer

To cope with these failures, apparently repeatedly postponed, Boeing had to manage without its CEO, Denis Muilenburg, who preferred to resign rather than become an accomplice in the situation.

Now that this MCAS issue is resolved and having accepted the facts, Boeing is fined over $ 2.5 billion. An amount that includes a criminal sanction ($ 243 million), compensation for relatives of victims ($ 500 million) and that of airline customers ($ 1.77 billion).

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