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The households of victims in two Boeing 737 Max airplane crashes have requested for prosecutions and a high quality of $24.8bn for “the deadliest corporate crime in US history”.

The households’ lawyer Paul Cassell mentioned the quantity was “justified and clearly appropriate” given “enormous human costs of Boeing’s crimes”.

In a 32-page letter seen by the BBC, Mr Cassell mentioned that the US authorities ought to prosecute these main the corporate when 346 folks had been killed in two crashes in 2018 and 2019.

The letter cited the apology by Boeing’s chief government Dave Calhoun on Tuesday whereas he gave proof to Congress.

“I apologise for the grief that we have caused,” he mentioned, as he was heckled by relations of victims of the crashes.

Two 737 Max plane had been misplaced in separate however virtually an identical accidents that killed 346 folks.

In October 2018, all 189 on a Lion Air flight died after the plane crashed into the Java Sea 13 minutes after take-off from Jakarta, Indonesia.

In March 2019, an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed six minutes after take-off from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. All 157 on-board had been killed.

Both crashes had been linked to defective flight management programs.

Mr Calhoun acknowledged in his Congressional look that the corporate had made errors and mentioned it had “learned” from the previous.

He additionally acknowledged that Boeing had retaliated towards whistleblowers however mentioned he had “listened” to these workers.

The Justice Department is contemplating whether or not to revive a felony cost of fraud towards Boeing laid in 2021, that was linked to the 2 crashes.

The cost has laid dormant for the reason that firm acknowledged in a settlement that it had mislead air-safety regulators about facets if the 737 Max, and promised to create a brand new compliance system to detect and forestall additional fraud.

Last month, prosecutors decided that the settlement was violated when a door panel flew off a 737 Max airplane throughout an Alaska Airlines flight in January, leaving a gaping gap within the fuselage mid-flight.

The Justice Department has till 7 July resolve whether or not to revive the case.

In the letter, Mr Cassell mentioned his purchasers advisable that the division order a portion of any future high quality for use to create an unbiased monitor of the corporate’s security and compliance measures.

Families of these killed within the crashes attended Tuesday’s listening to in Congress and held up images of family members.

“I flew from England to Washington DC to hear in person what the Boeing CEO has to say to the Senate and to the world about any safety improvements made at that corporation,” mentioned Zipporah Kuria, whose father was killed within the 2019 crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet.

“I also continue to press the US government to hold Boeing and its corporate executives criminally responsible for the deaths of 346 people. We will not rest until we see justice.”