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Blumenthal Statement on the Justice Department's Settlement with Boeing Over 737 MAX

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with Boeing to resolve a criminal charge that the company conspired to defraud the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by misleading regulators during the evaluation of the 737 MAX aircraft:

“This settlement is a disgrace to the memory of the 737 MAX crash victims. Boeing and its senior management, complicit in the deaths of 346 people, have been allowed to escape individual accountability by paying a nominal fine—a drop in the bucket for this multi-billion dollar company. This shameful settlement does nothing to change the rotten corporate culture that allowed Boeing to mislead and deceive regulators. Justice hasn’t been served for the families who lost loved ones in two entirely preventable crashes and no monetary sum will ease their pain and suffering.”