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Three Airlines Subpoenaed In the Federal Criminal Probe of the 737 MAX

Three Airlines Subpoenaed In the Federal Criminal Probe of the 737 MAX
Joe Cortez

The U.S. Department of Justice may be looking into how the Boeing 737 MAX came into operation and is forcing the airlines and their unions to help. According to reports, at least three airlines and their pilot’s unions have received subpoenas to turn over documents regarding the grounded aircraft.

A criminal probe could be in the works for Boeing, after a second round of subpoenas have been sent regarding the grounded 737 MAX airframes. Bloomberg reports American Airlines Group, Southwest Airlines Co. and United Continental Holdings – the parent companies of their respective airlines – have all received grand jury subpoenas for information about the aircraft.

But the airlines are not the only ones being asked for information. The pilot’s unions for all three airlines have also reportedly received subpoenas. The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, the Air Line Pilots Association and the Allied Pilots Association all received similar requests around the aircraft.

While federal grand juries are secret, it is believed that the information request revolves around how the Boeing 737 MAX was developed and integrated into airlines. The investigation comes after the next generation airframe experienced two fatal accidents within months, both revolving around the MCAS system. Whistleblowers inside the company claim the required safety features were sold as an upgrade on some aircraft, and claim the South Carolina plant is “plagued by shoddy production.”

In May 2019, Boeing admitted that they were aware the newly delivered 737 MAX aircraft had “display system software [that] did not meet the AOA disagree alert requirements.” However, the Chicago-based manufacturer also “determined that the absence of the AOA disagree alert did not adversely impact airplane safety or operation.”

A subsequent investigation is targeted at the Federal Aviation Administration, focusing on how the 737 MAX was determined to be airworthy. Additionally, investigators are probing how the MCAS system was certified for service.

 

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  1. horseymike

    May 15, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    THIS THING RUNS DEEP. BOEING KNOWS BETTER AND SHOULD SCRAP THIS MESS CALLED THE “MAX”.

  2. Boggie Dog

    May 17, 2019 at 11:34 am

    In a rush to market Boeing seems to have side-stepped many safety issues. I’m not sure that Boeing can the publics trust at this point. I certainly will never look at Boeing aircraft in the same way.

  3. Centurion

    May 18, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    I thought things were bad knowing when government inspectors came to your company and thehy were taken out to lunch, dinner and other entertainment. I guess worse is not having any gov inspectors come at all since you give an existing product name to a new product.

  4. Sydneyberlin

    May 20, 2019 at 1:05 am

    Agree with the others. And I will do everything I can to avoid the Max at all cost once it’s back to fly. Unfortunately, sometimes you can’t avoid last minute equipment changes but you can at least try.

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