Boeing accepted this Friday to pay 200 million dollars (203.4 million euros) for publicly issuing several messages claiming that the 737 MAX plane model did not present risks after two fatal accidents with those aircraft.
A problem with the flight software, MCAS, caused a Lion Air 737 MAX plane in October 2018 and a similar Ethiopian Airlines aircraft in March 2019 to nose dive without the pilots being able to avoid it.
The two accidents killed 346 people and crippled the entire world fleet of 737 MAXs for 20 months.
The former general director of the US aeronautical company, Dennis Muilenburg, also agreed to pay a million dollars in fines.
“After the first accident, Boeing and Muilenburg knew that the MCAS was a safety issue, but they publicly assured that the 737 MAX was ‘as safe as any plane that has ever flown in the sky,'” the US police said. of the financial markets (SEC), the accusing entity in the case.
“Later,” the SEC added in a statement, “Boeing and Muilenburg assured the public that there were no issues or gaps in the MCAS certification process, despite being aware of reports to the contrary.”
Boeing had already admitted, in January 2021, that two employees misled a team from the US aviation authority in charge of preparing MCAS training for pilots.
The aeronautical giant then agreed to pay more than $2.5 billion to settle some lawsuits, including a $243.6 million criminal fine, $1.77 billion in damages to airlines that ordered the 737 MAX and $500 million in damages. to a fund intended to compensate the victims’ next of kin.