Boeing to be arraigned over Max jet crashes

Boeing to be arraigned over Max jet crashes

Boeing to be arraigned in court over two Max jet crashes.

Boeing representatives and relatives of some of the passengers killed in two crashes of Boeing 737 Max jets will be in a Texas courtroom Thursday.

The aerospace giant will be arraigned on a criminal charge that it thought it had settled two years ago.

The family members were never consulted before Boeing cut a deal with the U.S. Justice Department to avoid prosecution on a felony charge of fraud. More than a dozen people from several countries are expected to testify about how the loss of loved ones has affected them.

There will be two main phases to the arraignment: Boeing will enter a plea, and relatives of passengers will ask the court to impose conditions on Boeing much like they would on any criminal defendant.

Boeing has had a number of civil lawsuits, congressional investigations and massive damage to its business since the crashes in 2018 and 2019 that killed 346 people.

Because of the settlement reached between the company and the government in January 2021, Boeing and its top officials avoided criminal prosecution.

The Associated Press contributed to this post.