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Boeing Plane Certification Probe Began Before Second Crash

  • Company engineers cleared equipment at center of crash probe
  • Boeing shares fall on reports of investigation of new plane
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Boeing has written to airlines to confirm it’s working on a software upgrade for the 737 Max. Ramy Inocencio reports.(Source: Bloomberg)
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U.S. federal authorities began exploring a criminal investigation of how Boeing Co.’s 737 Max was certified to fly passengers before the latest crash in Ethiopia involving the new jet, according to people familiar with the probe.

The investigation was prompted by information obtained after a Lion Air 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff from Jakarta on Oct. 29, said one person, who wasn’t authorized to speak about the investigation and asked not to be named.