Boeing Criminal Inquiry Expands With Subpoenas and Grand Jury

March 16, 2024

The Justice Department is sending subpoenas and using a recently convened grand jury in Seattle as it widens a criminal investigation into the door plug that blew off a Boeing 737 Max 9 jetliner in January, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday. A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board said four bolts meant to secure the door plug in place were missing before the panel blew off. The subpoenas and use of the grand jury were reported earlier Friday by Bloomberg. A grand jury could be asked to decide whether a criminal prosecution is warranted. The company subsequently spent more than $2.5 billion to settle a criminal charge that Boeing had defrauded the F.A.A., and the company’s chief executive, Dennis Muilenburg, was fired.