Federal prosecutors and the department of transportation [DoT] officials of the U.S are scrutinizing the development of Boeing Co.’s 737 max jetliners in connection with two crashes, one of which happened this month.
Boeing Co. 737 Max jetliners were grounded for an indefinite period in the U.S after a Boeing 737 max 8 plane crashed in Ethiopia, shortly after takeoff, leaving 157 people dead.
The DoT inquiry was launched after new Boeing 737 Max 8 operated by Indonesia’s Lion Air crashed into the Java Sea in October, killing all the people on the plane. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges said that data from the plane’s flight data recorder found at Ethiopian crash site showed “a clear similarity” with the Indonesian crash.
The grand jury in Washington has issued a broad subpoena to at least one person involved in the making of Boeing 737 Max asking for documents like emails and other messages.
The DoT inquiry is based on the automatic safety system which is suspected to have played a role in the crash.
A preliminary report of the Lion Air crash showed the pilots were trying to control the automatic safety system, known as the maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS), to get the jet under control.
Boeing announced Monday that it is working with the FAA for a software update for the MCAS system to make the planes safer. The company plans to bring the update in April.
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