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DOJ opens criminal investigation after Boeing 737 door blowout, interviews Alaska Airlines crew

The Department of Justice has reportedly launched a criminal investigation into the explosion of an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737. According to reports, the disaster occurred when the plane was at an altitude of 16,000 feet. wall street journal.

Investigators have contacted passengers on the flight, which was forced to make an emergency landing in Portland, Oregon, on Jan. 5 after a fuselage panel separated during the flight. The Justice Department also questioned the flight attendants and pilots on board the plane.

After the incident, Alaska Airlines said, “It is normal for the Department of Justice to conduct an investigation in cases like this. We are cooperating fully and do not believe we will be a target of the investigation.”

The report said the investigation will inform the Justice Department whether Boeing complied with previous settlements that ended federal investigations after two 737 MAX crashes in 2018 and 2019. 300 people were killed.

If it becomes clear that the company failed to meet the terms of the settlement, Boeing could face charges of fraud against the United States. The company is also fighting a civil investigation into the jet, the newspaper said. daily mail.

Earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board noted that Boeing had not yet submitted documented evidence regarding the manufacture and installation of the door plugs in question.

The Hill reported that Boeing acknowledged in a letter to Congress that it could not find any records of work done on the door panels of Alaska Airlines planes.

Investigators involved in the case began alerting Alaska passengers on the flight that they were potential crime victims, the paper said. The report also suggests that a criminal investigation could create complications if carried out alongside an aviation safety investigation.

A senior NTSB official said last week that the Justice Department’s involvement in the case could cool down the investigation.

Jennifer Homemendy, Safety Committee Chair; Said“We don’t want to tell other institutions what they should or shouldn’t do.”

“What concerns us is when our employees and others don’t feel safe talking to us.”

The safety board said four critical bolts were missing when the plane left the Boeing factory.

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