The Department of Justice subpoenaed Boeing for records pertaining to the Dreamliner’s production in South Carolina amid claims of subpar work, the sources told the Times.
A third source told the Times that several individual employees at the Dreamliner production plant in North Charleston, South Carolina, had received subpoenas in early June from the “same group” of prosecutors working on the 737 Max investigation.
A Boeing spokesperson told CNN, “We don’t comment on legal matters.” Department of Justice spokesperson Peter Carr declined to comment.
The Federal Aviation Administration has identified similarities between the two Boeing crashes that killed 346 people, specifically involving the plane’s automatic safety feature known as MCAS. That system pushes the nose of the aircraft down if it senses an imminent stall.
Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the hero pilot credited with the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson,” argued that simulator training should be mandatory before the aircraft returns to the skies.
Boeing’s proposal to bring back the 737 Max has included a computer-based training program that, like the requirements before the two crashes, does not involve hands-on simulator training. The FAA has not announced any decisions on final training requirements, however.