The Department of Justice (DOJ) began its own investigation into issues with Boeing Max 737 aircraft, as the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) own investigation procedures proved questionable.
Investigation into the safety of the planes began after Lion Air Flight 610, a Boeing Max 737, crashed in 2018. The accident occurred 12 minutes after the plane left Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, crashing into the Java Sea and resulting in 189 casualties.
In response, the FAA appointed the Boeing company to look into their own aircraft’s role in the incident. The planes are also not permitted to fly from the United States and many other countries.
A corporation investigating a safety-jeopardizing potential defect with one of their products is problematic to say the least, but it’s not a rare occurrence said Lane Jubb, an attorney of The Beasley Firm, LLC. He weighed in on the controversy for 69 News WFMZ.
Jubb believes the aircraft issues are a result of negligence on behalf of Boeing manufacturers and safety inspectors, and hopes the DOJ investigation will not only uncover the truth, but assist in civil litigation as well. “The DOJ investigation is completely immaterial to whether or not they’re exposed civilly. They are. The difference is the DOJ could very effectively make any potential civil case that much easier,” said Jubb.
He also hopes this case will be motivation for the FAA to change their investigation delegation process altogether, i.e. stop allowing aviation companies to look into incidents with their own planes. The Department of Justice interference, while not common in these cases, appeared to be a necessary element of completing a thorough investigation.
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