Boeing Sanctioned for Unauthorized Release of 737 MAX Probe Details

Boeing Sanctioned for Unauthorized Release of 737 MAX Probe Details
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US inves­ti­ga­tors have tak­en puni­tive action against Boe­ing for breach­ing con­fi­den­tial­i­ty pro­to­cols dur­ing the inves­ti­ga­tion into a 737 MAX midair blowout incident.

The Nation¬≠al Trans¬≠porta¬≠tion Safe¬≠ty Board (NTSB) has sanc¬≠tioned the embat¬≠tled plane¬≠mak¬≠er for pro¬≠vid¬≠ing ‚Äúnon-pub¬≠lic inves¬≠tiga¬≠tive infor¬≠ma¬≠tion‚ÄĚ and spec¬≠u¬≠lat¬≠ing about pos¬≠si¬≠ble caus¬≠es of the Jan¬≠u¬≠ary 5th Alas¬≠ka Air¬≠lines door-plug emergency.

The Nation¬≠al Trans¬≠porta¬≠tion Safe¬≠ty Board (NTSB) has sanc¬≠tioned the embat¬≠tled plane¬≠mak¬≠er for pro¬≠vid¬≠ing ‚Äúnon-pub¬≠lic inves¬≠tiga¬≠tive infor¬≠ma¬≠tion‚ÄĚ and spec¬≠u¬≠lat¬≠ing about pos¬≠si¬≠ble caus¬≠es of the Jan¬≠u¬≠ary 5th Alas¬≠ka Air¬≠lines door-plug emergency.

The NTSB said Boe¬≠ing‚Äôs con¬≠duct, which occurred dur¬≠ing a fac¬≠to¬≠ry tour attend¬≠ed by dozens of jour¬≠nal¬≠ists, ‚Äúbla¬≠tant¬≠ly vio¬≠lat¬≠ed‚ÄĚ its rules. As a par¬≠ty to many NTSB inves¬≠ti¬≠ga¬≠tions over the years, the agency not¬≠ed that ‚Äúfew enti¬≠ties know the rules bet¬≠ter than Boeing.‚ÄĚ

The deci¬≠sion high¬≠lights the strained rela¬≠tion¬≠ship between Boe¬≠ing and gov¬≠ern¬≠ment agen¬≠cies as the com¬≠pa¬≠ny tries to avoid poten¬≠tial crim¬≠i¬≠nal charges from the Depart¬≠ment of Jus¬≠tice ahead of a July 7th deadline. 

Boe¬≠ing has acknowl¬≠edged over¬≠step¬≠ping the NTS¬≠B‚Äôs role as the pri¬≠ma¬≠ry source of inves¬≠tiga¬≠tive details, say¬≠ing its com¬≠ments were ‚Äúintend¬≠ed to make clear our respon¬≠si¬≠bil¬≠i¬≠ty in the acci¬≠dent and explain the actions we are taking.‚ÄĚ

The NTS¬≠B‚Äôs crit¬≠i¬≠cism revolves around Boe¬≠ing‚Äôs state¬≠ments dur¬≠ing a media brief¬≠ing about qual¬≠i¬≠ty improve¬≠ments at the 737 fac¬≠to¬≠ry near Seattle. 

The agency said the plane¬≠mak¬≠er pro¬≠vid¬≠ed analy¬≠sis and opin¬≠ions on fac¬≠tors it sug¬≠gest¬≠ed were causal to the acci¬≠dent, which involved the mid-air blowout of a door plug with four miss¬≠ing bolts.

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