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Former Boeing manager says the company puts profits over safety

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On this edition of Your Call, we'll find out how Boeing bought Washington.

According to several investigations by The Lever, the aircraft manufacturer Boeing has spent years lobbying lawmakers to weaken safety regulations.

In 2021, Boeing was charged with one count of criminal fraud over the role of their faulty flight systems in the fatal crashes of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, which killed a total of 346 people.

“But instead of forcing Boeing to face a trial for that single criminal charge, Trump's Justice Department immediately granted Boeing a secret deal that avoided any trial or prosecution,” reports The Lever.

A federal court judge has reopened the case, and Boeing has entered a plea of not guilty to the conspiracy to commit fraud.

Former Boeing manager Ed Pierson says he will not fly a Max airplane. What will it take to hold the company accountable and ensure its planes are safe?


Freddy Brewster, reporter for The Lever covering corporate abuse

Ed Pierson, executive director for The Foundation for Aviation Safety and former senior manger for Boeing


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Reuters: Boeing pleads not guilty to fraud charge in 737 MAX arraignment

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Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.