DOJ Boeing, probe into 737 Max raises questions.
Federal prosecutors are now investigating Boeing’s development of their MAX jetliners, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“The DOJ investigation is completely immaterial to whether or not they’re exposed civilly. They are. The difference is the DOJ could very effectively make any potential civil case that much easier,” said Lane Jubb, an aviation and medical malpractice lawyer with the Beasley Firm in Philadelphia.
He says this an uncommon step for the DOJ.
“I think the Department of Justice was left with no choice – quite frankly – because the FAA, the NTSB, and Boeing let this narrative get way out ahead of them,” said Jubb.
A grand jury issued a broad subpoena on March 11 to at least one person involved in the 737 MAX’s development.
“To me it suggests whether or not Boeing made any sort of misrepresentations about the aircrafts performance in obtaining its certification,” said Jubb.
This has brought renewed scrutiny of the FAA’s inspection program, which allowed the administration to delegate the inspection of Boeing…to Boeing itself.