Boeing is ordered to appear in US court to be arraigned on felony charge over fatal 737 crashes 

BREAKING NEWS: Boeing is ordered to appear in US court to be arraigned on felony charge over fatal 737 crashes

  • US District Judge Reed O’Connor ordered Boeing to appear in court on January 26 to be arraigned on a 2021 felony charge
  • Boeing had previously won immunity from criminal prosecution
  • But O’Connor ruled in October that the victims of two Boeing 737 MAX crashes are legally considered ‘crime victims’ 

Executives from Boeing, one of the world’s largest plane manufacturers, will have to appear in court next week over two fatal crashes.

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor on Thursday ordered the company to appear in court on January 26 to be arraigned on a 2021 felony charge, after families of those killed in the crashes objected to a plea deal.

Boeing had won immunity from criminal prosecution as part its $2.5billion Justice Department deferred prosecution agreement.

But O’Connor, of Texas, ruled in October that people killed in the two Boeing 737 MAX crashes are legally considered ‘crime victims,’ and family members had urged him to require Boeing to be legally arraigned on the felony charge

Investigators with the U.S. National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) look over debris at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 on March 12, 2019

Investigators with the U.S. National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) look over debris at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 on March 12, 2019

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