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Boeing Under Scrutiny For Safety And Quality Issues

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg speaks during an interview with "Fox News Sunday" anchor Shannon Bream at the Fox News bureau in Washington, Sunday, March 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Boeing is currently facing intense scrutiny and multiple government investigations following a panel blowout incident on a Boeing 737 Max jetliner. The Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation into the blowout, and the National Transportation Safety Board sought records from Boeing, which the company admitted it couldn't find. The Federal Aviation Administration is also conducting its own investigation into Boeing's safety and manufacturing quality.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg emphasized the need for Boeing to undergo a significant transformation in terms of responsiveness, culture, and quality issues. He stressed the importance of full cooperation from Boeing with all entities involved in the investigations. In response, Boeing stated its commitment to cooperating fully and transparently with government investigations while taking comprehensive action to enhance safety and quality.

Alaska Airlines, the airline involved in the blowout incident, is cooperating with the Justice Department investigation. The New York Times reported that Boeing failed a significant number of FAA audits following the incident, revealing numerous problems in the production process of the 737 Max. Spirit AeroSystems, which manufactures the body of the aircraft, also faced audit failures.

Boeing acknowledged the audit findings and stated its ongoing efforts to implement changes and strengthen safety and quality. The company emphasized its focus on taking significant actions with transparency at every step. The FAA has restricted Boeing from increasing production of Max jets and has given the company a 90-day deadline to address quality-control issues.

NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy criticized Boeing for missing work records related to the blowout incident, highlighting Boeing's lack of cooperation with the agency's information requests. Boeing disputed some of the claims made by Homendy, while the NTSB stood by her testimony. The situation underscores the urgent need for Boeing to address safety and quality concerns to regain the confidence of customers and passengers.

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