Grand Jury Looking Into Boeing’s 737 MAX

Federal officials are looking at almost anything related to the aircraft.

Boeing 737 MAX
Subpoenas are just tip of the iceberg of the probe in the the 737 MAX.Courtesy Boeing

Just ahead of tomorrow's Congressional hearing by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee into the current status of Boeing's 737 MAX, the U.S. Justice Department last week issued a subpoena for documents related to the aircraft according to Bloomberg. Southwest Airlines, United Continental Holdings and American Airlines Group all received subpoenas.

Jon Weaks, president of the Southwest Airlines Pilot Association (SWAPA) said he’s not really certain exactly what the Grand Jury is looking for, but the union and the airline are fully cooperating. “They just want to know what we have on the Max,” Weaks said. “We knew it would come eventually.” Parties have been asked for paper documents and e-mails related to the aircraft. At least one former Boeing engineer has also been subpoenaed in connection with the Max.

The first Congressional hearing is set for May 15.