BREAKING: Federal investigation into the deadly Boeing 737 Max now crashes extensively with the airline's popular 787 Dreamliner
- Federal prosecutors sue records regarding the production of the 787
- The DOJ is also investigating two fatal crashes of the Boeing 737 Max
- It is not immediately clear whether the new subpoena is related to the 737 probe
The Ministry of Justice's investigation into the distressed Boeing 737 Max has been expanded with the popular 787 Dreamliner.
Federal prosecutors have dated Boeing records regarding the production of the 787 in South Carolina, the Seattle Times reported on Friday, citing two sources familiar with the research.
It said the subpoena was issued by the US Department of Justice, which is also conducting a criminal investigation into the certification and design of Boeing's 737 Max after two fatal accidents within five months.
However, the newspaper said it was unclear whether the summons was issued by the same prosecutors overseeing the 737 Max investigation.
A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from Air Tahiti Nui performs at the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France on June 17
The 737 Max has been grounded since mid-March after two crashes in which 346 people died. Preliminary accident reports pointed to software that erroneously pointed the noses of the planes down and overpowered pilots' efforts to regain control.
Boeing says it expects to complete work on the updated flight control software for the 737 Max in September, a sign that the disturbed jet will probably not be flying until late this year.
The final delay in determining the Max came a day after the revelation that government test pilots had found a new technology flaw in the aircraft during a test on a flight simulator.
Dozens of grounded Boeing 737 MAX aircraft displace a parking lot next to Boeing Field Thursday June 27, 2019 in Seattle
A Boeing official said on Thursday that the company expects to submit the software update to the Federal Aviation Administration for approval in the month of September & # 39 ;. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because Boeing did not publicly discuss the timing of the update.
As soon as Boeing submits its changes, the FAA is expected to take several weeks to analyze them, and airlines need extra time to remove their dear Max jets from storage and prepare them to fly again.
Airlines were already lowering expectations for a rapid return of the aircraft, which has been grounded since mid-March.
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