DOJ Starts Criminal Probe into Boeing

( – Boeing used to be a company known for its reliability and safety. That has changed in the last several years. Now, the Department of Justice has reportedly launched an investigation into the company.

In early January, an Alaska Airlines flight from Portland to California ended badly. The Boeing 737 Max 9 jet was about 16,000 feet in the air when a door plug blew out. The force of the wind whipping into the cabin ripped a shirt off of a teenager and sucked his belongings out of the aircraft. Fortunately, everyone was wearing seatbelts, and nobody suffered any serious injuries.

Reports later indicated the door plug was missing the bolts that were supposed to keep it in place. A door plug is a panel that is supposed to cover an unused emergency exit. The National Transportation Safety Board has raised concerns that the plane might have left the Boeing factor without the door plug being bolted down.

The accident on the Alaska Airlines flight could have been catastrophic if the flight had been traveling at a higher altitude or had people been in the seats next to the plug without their seatbelts on.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has now reported the DOJ is investigating the incident to see if there was any criminal wrongdoing. Investigators have reportedly already contacted crewmembers and some of the passengers who were on board the flight. Law enforcement allegedly wants to know if Boeing complied with regulations outlined in a previous settlement to resolve the federal probe into the 2018 and 2019 737 Max crashes that killed hundreds of people overseas.

Alaska Airlines issued a statement saying a criminal probe is “normal” in a situation like this. The airline is “fully cooperating and [does] not believe [it is] a target of the investigation.”

In a strange twist, the same day the WSJ published the article about the probe, a Boeing whistleblower was found dead in the parking lot of his South Carolina hotel room after he failed to appear for a deposition. The Charleston County Coroner’s Office stated that John Barnett died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Barnett had previously blown the whistle on the company’s alleged safety breaches. He was suing the company for defamation.

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