(NEWSnet/AP) — Families of people who died in two Boeing 737 Max crashes are asking federal officials to fine the company $24.8 billion and pursue a criminal charge that was set aside three years ago.

In a letter to U.S. Department of Justice, Paul Cassell, a lawyer for the families said a large fine is justified “because Boeing’s crime is the deadliest corporate crime in U.S. history.”

Cassell also stated the government should prosecute officials who were leading Boeing when the crashes occurred in 2018 and 2019. That includes then-CEO Dennis Muilenburg. Nearly 350 people were killed in the crashes.

The first incident occurred when a Boeing 737 Max 8, operated by Indonesia’s Lion Air, plunged into Java Sea in October 2018. The second was in March 2019, when an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 crashed into a field.

The push by the families comes as the Justice Department considers whether to revive a dormant criminal charge of fraud against Boeing. The Justice Department has until July 7 to tell a federal judge whether it will revive the case.

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