Boeing faces criminal probe over 737 Max door incident

Boeing faces criminal probe over 737 Max door incident

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched a criminal investigation into Boeing, the aerospace giant, after a door blew off a 737 Max plane during a flight last month, according to CNN.

The DOJ issued a grand jury subpoena to Boeing in January, requesting documents and records related to the design, testing, and certification of the 737 Max, CNN reported on Thursday, citing sources familiar with the matter.

The investigation was prompted by the incident on December 15, when an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to San Diego had to make an emergency landing in Portland, Oregon, after a door on the right side of the plane detached and fell into a residential area. No one was injured, but the incident raised new safety concerns about the 737 Max, which was grounded for 20 months after two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019 that killed 346 people.

An opening is seen in the fuselage of Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 Boeing 737-9 Max.

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The DOJ had previously closed a criminal probe into Boeing in January 2023, after the company agreed to pay $2.5bn (£1.9bn) to settle charges of fraud and conspiracy related to the 737 Max crashes. The settlement included a deferred prosecution agreement, which required Boeing to cooperate with any future investigations and to comply with certain conditions.

An opening is seen in the fuselage of Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 Boeing 737-9 Max.

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The DOJ declined to comment to CNN on the new investigation. Boeing said in a statement that it was aware of the media reports and that it would continue to cooperate with the authorities.

Boeing, which is the largest US exporter and a major defense contractor, has been struggling to recover from the 737 Max crisis, which has cost it billions of dollars in losses, fines, and compensation. The company has also faced delays and technical issues with other products, such as the 787 Dreamliner, the 777X, and the Starliner spacecraft.

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Boeing’s shares fell 3% on Thursday, following the CNN report.

Source : THE GUARDIAN

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