- Federal investigators are looking into how Boeing’s737 Max plane was certified to fly.
- The FBI is also joining the Department of Transportation’s inquiry, The Seattle Times reported.
People familiar with the matter told reporter Steve Miletich that the investigation is focused on how the plane, which has crashed twice in the past five months, was certified to fly. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao formally requested an audit of the Federal Aviation Administration’s certification for the process in a letter sent to the agency on Tuesday.
The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Separately, the Pentagon’s inspector general said on Wednesday that it will investigate a watchdog group’s allegations that acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan has used his office to promote his former employer, Boeing.
More on the investigations into Boeing and its 737 Max plane:
- Everything we know about Ethiopian Airlines’ deadly crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8, the second disaster involving the plane in 5 months, and what Boeing is doing to ensure it never happens again
- The crashed Lion Air 737 Max had the same malfunction the day before, but crew figured out how to stop it. The information never made it to the next flight
- Boeing reshuffles its top engineers amid 737 Max crisis
- A cockpit voice recording from doomed Lion Air 737 Max shows pilots scoured the plane’s manual to fix its fatal dive but couldn’t find the right procedure in time
- The Boeing 737 Max is likely to be the last version of the best-selling airliner of all time
- The US government wants to audit how the Boeing 737 Max got approved to fly by the FAA
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