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The Boeing Company, which had been the world’s leader, is now the second largest airline manufacturer in the world behind Airbus. According to government statistics, Boeing aircraft have been involved in nearly 6,000 aviation accidents and incidents worldwide. Of those, 415 were fatal accidents, resulting in over 9,000 deaths.

On March 21, 2022, a Boeing 737-800 plane operating as China Eastern Airlines Flight 5735 crashed in southern China. Authorities say the plane began losing altitude at 30,000 feet then entered a steep nosedive and crashed into terrain - Read our blog for more details

After two devastating commercial plane crashes in 2018 and 2019 that killed 346 people, The Boeing Company paid more than $2.5 billion for defrauding the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The total resolution included a criminal penalty of $243.6 million. Another $1.7 billion was allocated for airlines that purchased 737 MAX aircraft to make up for lost revenue when the aircraft was grounded during a lengthy investigation. The remaining $500 million went into a fund to help compensate the families of those killed in the Lion Air Flight 610 crash in 2018 and the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash in 2019.

Boeing issued an apology for the crashes. Former CEO Dennis Muilenburg admitted that the automated flight control system on the two 737 MAX aircraft played a role in the tragedies. According to Muilenburg, “it’s apparent that in both flights the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, known as MCAS, activated in response to erroneous angle of attack information.”

In November of 2021, Boeing agreed to acknowledge responsibility for the ET302 crash in lawsuits filed by surviving families. Under the agreement, Boeing admitted that the “737 MAX had an unsafe condition, and that it will not attempt to blame anyone else" for the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash.

Boeing and the United States government secretly negotiated a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) without input from the families of the victims of the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes. The purpose of the DPA, apparently, is to allow Boeing to get away with its apparently criminal neglect of its responsibility to ensure its airplanes are safe, without severe criminal penalties. Families of victims are challenging the DPA pursuant to the provisions of the Crime Victims Rights Act, and demanding that they be heard, and their views considered, before a court agrees to the proposed agreement.

Aviation attorneys from the national law firm of Wisner Baum represented several families who lost loved ones in the Lion Air JT610 crash and the ET302 crash and support the effort to demand effective criminal sanctions for the failure of Boeing to prioritize safety over profits, resulting in the deaths of 346 people.

“Boeing could have and should have communicated known safety issues to the FAA, but they didn’t. Hundreds of people died because Boeing chose profit over people.”
Aviation Attorney Clay Robbins III

Investigations into these preventable tragedies noted that Boeing has a “disturbing pattern of technical miscalculations and troubling management misjudgments” relating to its safety record on the 737 MAX aircraft. While the 737 MAX litigation may seem like an outlier, the truth is Boeing aircraft have been involved in numerous aviation accidents and incidents over the years.

Wisner Baum aviation attorneys have represented hundreds of claimants in lawsuits against Boeing. If you are interested in vindicating your legal rights, please contact us or call (855) 948-5098 today. We offer free and confidential case evaluations.

Aviation Accident Attorneys | Lawsuits Filed Involving Boeing Aircraft

Wisner Baum has a proven track record in cases against major airlines and The Boeing Company stemming from preventable plane crashes and other incidents. Since 1990, our case history involving Boeing aircraft includes:

  • Boeing 767-222 | United Airlines Flight 175 | Hijacking and crash into the World Trade Center, New York City, New York – 2001
  • Boeing 757-223 | American Airlines Flight 77 | Hijacking and crash into the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia – 2001
  • Boeing 757-223 | United Airlines Flight 93 | Hijacking and crash near Shanksville, Pennsylvania – 2001
  • Boeing 747-400 | Singapore Airlines Flight SQ006 | Runway crash Chiang Kai-shek International Airport (now Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport), Taipei, Taiwan – 2000
  • Boeing 737 | Southwest Airlines Flight 1455 | Runway accident at Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport, Burbank, California – 2000
  • Boeing 767 | EgyptAir Flight 990 | Crash near Nantucket Island, Massachusetts – 1999
  • Boeing 767 | United Airlines Flight 81 | Inflight mishap, LaGuardia to LAX – 1998
  • Boeing 747-300 | Korean Air Lines Flight 801| Accident, Agana, Guam – 1997
  • Boeing 747-131 | TWA Flight 800 | Explosion near East Moriches, New York – 1996
  • Boeing 757 | American Airlines Flight 965 | Accident near Cali, Colombia – 1995
  • Boeing 737-3B7 | USAir Flight 427 | Crash near Aliquippa, Pennsylvania – 1994
  • Boeing 767-2S1ER | TACA Airlines Flight 510 | Runway accident at La Aurora International Airport Guatemala – 1993
  • Boeing 747-100 | United Airlines Flight 852 | Inflight turbulence between Japan and San Francisco – 1992
  • Boeing 737-300 | USAir | Inflight emergency between Los Angeles and Florida – 1991
  • Boeing 737-200 | United Airlines Flight 585 | Crash in Colorado Springs, Colorado – 1991
  • Boeing 737-3B7 | USAir Flight 1493 and SkyWest Airlines Flight 5569 | Runway collision, Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, California – 1991
  • Boeing 727 | Northwest Airlines Flight 1482 and Northwest Airlines Flight 299 | Runway collision at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Romulus, Michigan – 1990

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The Boeing Company

The Boeing Company is an American aerospace company that designs, manufactures, and sells planes, rotorcraft, satellites, missiles, rockets, and telecommunications equipment. It is the largest exporter in the U.S. by dollar value and is the third-largest defense contractor in the world.

​​In 2021, Boeing was listed as the fourth-largest defense contractor in the United States. Roughly 25% of the company’s 141,000 employees works in the commercial airplanes department, which is responsible for designing, assembling, marketing, and selling commercial jets to airlines around the world. The commercial airplane department also provides product maintenance and training to its customer base.

While airline accidents are rare, Boeing aircraft have been involved in many over the last few years. In 2018, there were 41 total commercial flight accidents, and of that total, 18 involved Boeing 737s, more than any other plane. That same year, several Boeing 737s ran off runways, landed short of runways, or had their tails strike the ground. Prior to the worldwide grounding of the MAX, the aircraft had a fatal accident rate of one in every 200,000 flights. According to investigative reporter Peter Robison, that fatal accident rate represented “a frequency not seen since the early days of the jet age.” Robison notes that a Boeing executive found that one in 25 MAX airplanes experienced some kind of safety issue in the months after delivery.

The crashes of ET302 and JT610, along with the investigations that followed, damaged Boeing’s reputation in the aviation community. The global ban on the 737 MAX aircraft, which lasted nearly two years, cost Boeing billions. In addition to the $2.5 billion settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, a federal grand jury indicted a top pilot formerly with the company for deceiving the FAA and “scheming to defraud” Boeing’s airline customers. In November, of 2021, the company also settled a lawsuit filed by shareholders alleging Boeing failed to properly oversee the company and allowed lapses that led to the 2018 and 2019 crashes.

Robison’s book, ‘Flying Blind’, notes that Boeing’s downfall can be traced to a shift from a company that decades ago invested in new aircraft and valued engineering pedigree to a company whose sole obsession was stock market investors. Per Robison, Boeing “executed what today might be called the standard corporate playbook: anti-union, regulation-light, outsourcing-heavy,” which essentially valued profit above all else, including human lives.

"Boeing is not the same as it was two years ago but they have more to work to do.” - FAA chief Steve Dickson (Nov. 2021)

Boeing Commercial Plane Models

Since the beginning of the commercial jet era, Boeing has manufactured and sold more than 20,000 planes. The company currently has thousands of pending orders for its 737 MAX aircraft and other models.

Boeing Planes in Production

ModelTotal BuiltCapacityFirst FlightVariants (Previous and Current)

737-100, 737-200, 737-300, 737-400, 737-500, 737-600, 737-700, 737-800, 737-900, 737 MAX 7, 737 MAX 8,

737 MAX 9, 737 MAX 10


747-100, 747SR, 747-100B, 747SP,

747-200, 747-300, 747-400, 747 LCF,



767-200, 767-2C, 767-200ER, 767-300,

767-300ER, 767-300F, 767-400ER


777-200, 777-200ER, 777-200LR,

777-300, 777-300ER, 777 Freighter,

777-300ER Special Freighter, 777X

787789210-3302009787-8, 787-9, 787-10, BBJ 787

Boeing Planes in Service (No Longer in Production)

  • 717-200
  • 727
  • 757

Boeing Accident Statistics

The following data from AirSafe represents fatal accidents involving Boeing aircraft. The criteria for a “fatal event” includes circumstances where at least one passenger on a Boeing air flight died from causes directly related to the operation of that aircraft. This includes deliberate acts by another passenger, crew member, or someone not on the aircraft (i.e. sabotage, hijacking, or military action). Excluded in the data are circumstances in which the only deaths were hijackers, saboteurs, or stowaways.

ModelFatal Events
Boeing 737 (All Models)83
Boeing 72751
Boeing 737-100 / 20050
Boeing 747-100 / 200 / 300 / SP26
Boeing 737-300 / 400 / 50019
Boeing 737-600 / 700 / 800 / 90012
Boeing 7579
Boeing 7676
Boeing 737 MAX 7 / 8 / 9 / 102
Boeing 747-4002

Which Airlines Fly Boeing Planes?

As of 2021, there are 577 different airlines flying more than 9,600 Boeing planes throughout the world. The following U.S. airlines have purchased the most Boeing aircraft:

United Airlines

Current Fleet: 853 aircraft

Boeing Planes in Fleet:

  • 737-800 – 141
  • 737-900ER – 136
  • 777 – 96
  • 787 – 63
  • 757 – 61
  • 767 – 54
  • 737-700 – 53
  • 737 MAX 9 – 30
  • 737 MAX 8 – 14

United Airlines has been Boeing’s best customer in the U.S. Since purchasing Boeing’s 707 in 1959, United Airlines has purchased over 1,850 Boeing aircraft. While the airline does own and operate roughly 210 Airbus planes, Boeing jets represent the overwhelming majority of aircraft in United’s fleet.

The airline utilizes several models, from the 767-300ER to the 737 MAX. United is currently waiting on pending orders from Boeing for:

  • 737 MAX 8 – 40
  • 737 MAX 9 – 49
  • 737 MAX 10 – 92

Southwest Airlines

Current Fleet: 737

Boeing Planes in Fleet:

  • 737-700 – 461
  • 737-800 – 207

Southwest Airlines has purchased more than 1,200 Boeing planes in its history. Since it began flying commercial flights in 1971, the low-budget airline has flown all of the classic 737 models. According to Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly, the airline remains strongly committed to the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft despite the safety issues unearthed during the Lion Air and Ethiopian Air crashes.

According to Simple Flying, as of 2021, Southwest has nearly 350 MAXs on order (150 MAX 7s and 200 MAX 8s).

American Airlines

Current Fleet: 897

Boeing Planes in Fleet:

  • 737-800 – 303
  • 777 – 67
  • 787 – 46
  • 737 MAX 8 – 41

American Airlines is the world’s largest airline by fleet. Since 1958, American has purchased more than 1,088 Boeing planes. In 2011, the airline placed an order with Boeing for 200 737s. Half of that order changed to 737 MAX 8s in 2013.

According to Simply Flying, Boeing planes represent a little more than half of the jets in American’s fleet. American has pending orders for another 102 aircraft from Boeing. The airline also flies Airbus planes.

Which Airlines Fly Boeing MAX Planes?

In addition to United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and American Airlines, the following air carriers fly Boeing 737 MAX aircraft:

AirlinePlaneIn FleetTo Be Delivered
9 AirMAX 813
AeromexicoMAX 8, MAX 91810
Air CanadaMAX 82811
Air ChanganMAX 82 
Air ChinaMAX 81615
Air EuropaMAX 82 
Alaska AirlinesMAX 986
Batik Air MalaysiaMAX 83 
BelaviaMAX 814
Blue AirMAX 841
BuzzMAX 20062
Caribbean AirlinesMAX 84 
China Eastern AirlinesMAX 834
China Southern AirlinesMAX 82425
Corendon AirlinesMAX 812
Donghai AirlinesMAX 83 
Eastar JetMAX 824
EnerjetMAX 83 
Ethiopian AirlinesMAX 844
Flair AirlinesMAX 885
flydubaiMAX 8, MAX 9215
Fuzhou AirlinesMAX 822
GOL Transportes AéreosMAX 8167
Hainan AirlinesMAX 8113
IcelandairMAX 8, MAX 991
Korean Air LinesMAX 85 
Kunming AirlinesMAX 824
Lion AirMAX 894
LOT - Polish AirlinesMAX 857
Lucky AirMAX 834
Malta AirMAX 200142
NordStar AirlinesMAX 83 
Okay AirwaysMAX 822
Oman AirMAX 884
Royal Air MarocMAX 822
RyanairMAX 200823
S7 - Siberia AirlinesMAX 826
Shandong AirlinesMAX 879
Shanghai AirlinesMAX 8119
Shenzhen AirlinesMAX 8510
Singapore AirlinesMAX 868
SmartwingsMAX 8711
SpiceJetMAX 81315
Sriwijaya AirMAX 91 
SunExpressMAX 86 
Turkish AirlinesMAX 8, MAX 9241
Ural AirlinesMAX 82 
Urumqi AirMAX 83 
UTair AviationMAX 83 
Xiamen AirlinesMAX 81018

The worldwide grounding of the MAX model caused a 20% reduction in MAX production at Boeing. Nevertheless, it is estimated that Boeing will deliver roughly 40 aircraft per month to fulfill standing MAX orders.

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