(Reuters) – A leading US House Democrat who oversaw a massive Boeing 737 MAX investigation said on Friday that prosecuting a former technical chief should not be the end of responsibility in the two fatalities that killed 346 people.
"Supreme leaders in all of Boeing are responsible for the culture of concealment that ultimately led to 737 MAX crashes and the deaths of 346 innocent people," the rep said. Peter DeFazio, Chairman of the Transport and Infrastructure Committee.
Mark Forkner, 49, was to stand trial after being indicted by a Texas jury on six counts of plotting to defraud Boeing's US airline customers in order to get tens of millions of dollars for the aviator.
"Mark Forkner's indictment should not be the end of responsibility for this colossal and tragic failure, says Rep. DeFazio.
Boeing did not comment immediately. A lawyer for Mr. Forkner did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Congress approved legislation to reform the Federal Aviation Administration's certification of new aircraft and rep. DeFazio said the agency "must work urgently to implement the two-part legislation."
Rep. DeFazio's September 2020 report said the MAX crashes "were the terrible culmination of a series of erroneous technical assumptions from Boeing's engineers, lack of transparency on Boeing's management and grossly inadequate supervision by the FAA. "
737 MAX was founded in March 201
In January, Boeing agreed to pay more than $ 2.5 billion in fines and compensation after reaching a deferred prosecution with the US Department of Justice over the MAX crashes, which cost Boeing more than $ 20 billion.