Published on Monday, July 1, 2019

Boeing 737 Max probe expanded to include Dreamliners

The US justice department has reportedly expanded its investigation into Boeing's handling of the 737 Max jet production to include the company's 787 Dreamliner programme.

The Seattle Times reports prosecutors ordered Boeing to hand over documents regarding its production of Dreamliners at its plant in South Carolina.

The New York Times previously cited accusations of lax quality control at the plant.

It said managers ignored safety concerns raised by workers in a rush to complete orders.

In one case a ladder was apparently left inside a plane's tail section.

Other debris was regularly left inside aircraft, the NYT report said.

The FAA confirmed at least three safety complaints were lodged by workers at the plant in the past year.

Head of Dreamliner production at the plant, David Carbon, stepped down shortly after the report was published.

In response, Boeing spokesman Gordon Johndroe said: "Boeing and the FAA implement a rigorous inspection process to ensure that all our airplanes are safe and built with the highest levels of quality."

A new Bloomberg report piles on more misery for Boeing, saying the plane maker outsourced some Max software development work to $9-an-hour recent graduate contractors from India.

Indian firms HCL Technologies and Cyient reacted angrily to the suggestion their work somehow contributed to the problems facing Boeing.

"These claims are vicious and lack any veracity. Indian tech is the favorite whipping boy for any issue that goes wrong," tweeted Sangeeta Gupta of Indian IT industry association NASSCOM.


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