Transportation Department Scrutinizing Boeing 737 MAX
Grand jury, federal prosecutors, also seek documents
The development of Boeing aircraft and FAA approval are under scrutiny by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The inquiry was launched after a new Boeing 737 MAX 8 operated by Indonesia’s Lion Air crashed into the Java Sea in October, with all 189 people aboard perishing. The crash of a second Boeing 737 MAX 8 belonging to Ethiopian Airlines just five months later that killed 157 people has accelerated the department’s investigation.
A federal grand jury in Washington has also issued a broad subpoena of at least one person involved in the development of the Boeing MAX series aircraft. The subpoena, that involves a prosecutor from the Justice Department, is seeking relevant documents, including emails and other messages.
- That government agencies, working together with Boeing, will be able to conclusively determine what may be behind the aircraft crashes, and work toward the appropriate fix.
For American passengers who had flights booked on U.S. carriers that fly the Boeing 737 MAX 8 as their schedules must be shuffled creating inconveniences while those aircraft are grounded.