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Boeing pleads not guilty to fraud in Texas court over Max jet crashes
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Representatives of Boeing and relatives of some passengers killed in two crashes of the company's 737 Max jets met in a Texas courtroom on Thursday, where the world's second-largest airplane maker pleaded not guilty after being arraigned on a criminal charge.
Mike Delaney, Boeing's chief safety officer, entered the not-guilty plea on behalf of the company. A not-guilty plea is standard in deferred prosecution agreements.
Boeing said it had made "broad and deep changes" across the company, as well as changes to the design of the 737 Max to ensure that "accidents like these never happen again."
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"We are deeply sorry to all who lost loved ones on Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Flight 302, and greatly respect those who expressed their views at the hearing today. We will never forget the lives lost in these accidents and their memory drives us every day to uphold our responsibility to all who depend on the safety of our products," a company spokesperson told FOX Business Digital in an email on Thursday afternoon.
"We also are committed to continuing to comply scrupulously with all of our obligations under the agreement we entered into with the Justice Department two years ago," the spokesperson added.
This comes after Boeing's chief executive Dave Calhoun told CNBC on Wednesday that his company did not object to the arraignment and expressed sympathy for the families of the crash victims.
The family members were not consulted before Boeing struck a deal with the Department of Justice to avoid prosecution on a felony charge of fraud.
The relatives want the court to impose conditions on Boeing as much as it would on any criminal defendant.