Is it still safe to fly on a Boeing plane?

The Boeing Company (Boeing) had agreed with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve a criminal charge related to a conspiracy to defraud the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aircraft Evaluation Group (FAA AEG) in connection with the FAA AEG’s evaluation of Boeing’s 737 MAX airplane.

Boeing has been avoiding criminal penalties if it follows all security guidelines for years without new shortcomings.

This agreement was signed in federal court on January 7, 2021. Boeing had to stay clean of safety violations to escape criminal penalties.

When Alaska Airlines B737-Max 9 almost crashed in Portland on January 5, Boeing was just 1 day short of fulfilling this agreement.

Should it turn out, that Boeing was still cutting corners in safety leading to the Alaska Airlines incident and other shortcomings coming up to light after the FAA put a stop on the B737 Max operation, the U.S. airline manufacturer may again be liable for the deferred criminal agreement from 2 years ago, and possibly new penalties.

Paul Hudson and Gregory Travis from explain in this breaking news interview, why Boeing may not always put the safe development of passengers on the top of their agenda.

The reason may be it became a more lucrative business as a US company to serve the US military instead of civil aviation.

How about flying on a B737 in the future? provides some background on this.

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