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NTSB says Boeing blatantly violated regulation with release of report

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has said that airplane manufacturer, Boeing, blatantly violated regulations when it disclosed to the media unauthorized details of a probe into a January 5 incident involving an Alaska Airlines Max9.

According to the agency with responsibility for civil transportation accident investigations, Boeing will face sanctions for the breach, adding that they had broken the party agreement signed at the start of the investigation.

The NTSB further said that “few entities know the rules better than Boeing” noting that the company had been an active participant in many NTSB investigations.
As a result of Boeing’s action, while it will continue to be a part of the board’s investigation, the company will no longer have access to certain types of information.

Previously, Boeing had been accused by the Department of Justice (DOJ) of violating a 2021 deferred prosecution agreement that shielded it from criminal charges related to fatal 737 Max crashes.

Following the accusations, the company said it believed it had honored the terms of that agreement and would engage with the DOJ “with the utmost transparency, as we have throughout the entire term of the agreement.”

On January 5, 2024, Alaska Airlines Flight lost a door panel on the tail end of a flight while traveling at 16,000 feet to Portland, Oregon.
The incident has plunged Boeing into another crisis and has reignited questions about safety concerns on other aircraft models, which have become the subject of multiple federal investigations.

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