According to the US Department of Justice, aircraft manufacturer Boeing can be prosecuted for two fatal crashes involving 737 Max aircraft around five years ago.

The company violated obligations under an agreement that shielded Boeing from criminal prosecution over the crashes, the ministry said in a letter Tuesday. Boeing told AFP the company believed it had complied with the terms of the agreement. A total of 346 people died in the two crashes at the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019.