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Will Boeing Face U.S. Criminal Charges for 737 Max Crashes?

  • Charges possible if company lied about safety risks of 737 Max
  • Auto industry prosecution agreements may offer guide to case
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There’s little precedent for planemakers like Boeing Co. facing U.S. criminal charges over deadly crashes, though there may be risks of prosecution if the company lied to regulators about the safety of its 737 Max jets.

Federal authorities began a criminal probe of the certification process for the new 737 Max planes, after the first of two catastrophic crashes since October. Prosecutions are unusual following U.S. air disasters, where investigators tend to focus on determining the cause of a crash so it can be fixed.