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  1. FBI joining criminal investigation into certification of Boeing 737 MAX March 20, 2019 at 12:55 pm - Updated March 20, 2019 at 1:29 pm By Steve Miletich Seattle Times staff reporter The FBI has joined the criminal investigation into the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX, lending its considerable resources to an inquiry already being conducted by U.S. Department of Transportation agents, according to people familiar with the matter. The federal grand jury investigation, based in Washington, D.C., is looking into the certification process that approved the safety of the new Boeing plane, two of which have crashed since October. The FBI’s Seattle field office lies in proximity to Boeing’s 737 manufacturing plant in Renton, as well as nearby offices of Boeing and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials involved in the certification of the plane. The investigation, which is being overseen by the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal division and carried out by the Transportation Department’s Inspector General, began in response to information obtained after a Lion Air 737 MAX 8 crashed shortly after takeoff from Jakarta on Oct. 29, killing 189 people, Bloomberg reported earlier this week, citing an unnamed source. It has widened since then, The Associated Press reported this week, with the grand jury issuing a subpoena on March 11 for information from someone involved in the plane’s development, one day after the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 near Addis Ababa that killed 157 people. The FBI’s support role was described by people on condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the investigation Representatives of the Justice Department, the FBI and Transportation Department declined to comment, saying they could neither confirm nor deny an investigation. A Seattle Times story over the weekend detailed how FAA managers pushed its engineers to delegate more of the certification process to Boeing itself. The Times story also detailed flaws in an original safety analysis that Boeing delivered to the FAA. Criminal investigations into the federal oversight of airplane manufacturing and flight are rare, in part because of the longstanding belief that a civil-enforcement system better promotes candid reporting of concerns without fear of criminal repercussions. Those criminal cases that have occurred have focused on false entries and misrepresentations. In 1998, Transportation Department and FBI agents, acting on a whistleblower’s allegations, served a criminal search warrant on Alaska Airlines, seeking evidence of maintenance irregularities. The investigation expanded to include the January 2000 crash of Alaska Flight 261 that killed 88 people, which the National Transportation Safety Board later blamed on the airline’s faulty maintenance practices and poor FAA oversight. But no criminal charges were filed, although the FAA, in a separate administrative review, ultimately found that Alaska and three of its managers had violated safety regulations, fining the carrier $44,000, revoking the mechanic licenses of two of the managers and suspending the license of the third. Federal criminal charges were brought over the May 11, 1996, ValuJet Flight 592 crash that took off from Miami International Airport and plunged into the Everglades minutes later, killing 110 people. Federal prosecutors in Florida filed a 24-count indictment against SabreTech, an airline maintenance contractor, and its workers over alleged violations in the handling of oxygen containers blamed for the crash. SabreTech was found guilty on nine counts but was acquitted on conspiracy charges, according to news reports. An appeals court later overturned all but one of the counts, the improper training of employees.
  2. PARIS (Reuters) - France’s air accident investigation agency BEA will analysis black-box flight recorders from a Boeing 737 MAX 8 which crashed near Addis Ababa on Sunday, a spokesman said. Ethiopian Airlines said earlier it would send the two cockpit voice and data recorders abroad for analysis. The French announcement resolved uncertainty over the fate of the two recorders after Germany’s BFU said it had declined a request to handle them because it could not process the new type of recorder used on the 737 MAX jets, in service since 2017. The BEA is one of the world’s most active air crash agencies alongside the National Transportation Safety Board of the United States and has laboratories at its Le Bourget headquarters.
  3. Well, you are in a no win situation. You can't be in or go into A/P mode because you'd have an air-data discrepancy, yet the AD says STS runaway trim wont happen in Auto Pilot mode? No good arguing over it now, the problem the Lion Air crew encountered was the proverbial 'elephant in the room' one. Looked for the expected UAS and got kicked in the bum.
  4. The present search for MH370 has now ended with the Seabed Constructor recovering the last of its AUVs mid survey near 24°55'S 101°40'E at about 07-1900 UTC, and is now heading for Dampier, West Australia to undertake an Offshore Oilfield contract. An expensive exercise for Ocean Infinity, but their profile in the business has gone from zero to outstanding with the technology used and speed of the survey undertaken. The post mortem will now begin.
  5. The Seabed Constructor is still making its way steadily northwards along the 7th Arc, and is continuing to launch and recover AUVs. At 30-0330 UTC, SC was stopped at 26° 07.3'S 101° 41.1'E, about 22.5NM east of the 7th Arc. The AUVs are engaged in a grid search with 2km between adjacent tracks in +/- 22NM long swathe centered on the 7th Arc with a WNW/ESE axis. This search is expected to continue until June 08, 2018, so the case is not closed yet. Should nothing be found by the conclusion of the search, it is expected that the Malaysian CAD will prepare their Final Report and release it in a timely manner. That of course will lead to speculation that debris from the aircraft was missed - highly unlikely, and the new focus will then be on a non passive end of flight scenario.
  6. The video MH370 - The Situation Room | 60 Minutes Australia - Youtube with a runtime of 49 minutes is probably worth a watch. More importantly to understand how the media can manipulate their "actors" to achieve the desired outcome. The participants were - Martin Dolan - former Chief Commissioner of the ATSB., Simon Hardy - airline captain, UK., Larry Vance - former Canadian TSB safety investigator, John Cox - Aeronautical safety advisor, USA., Charitha Pattiaratchi - Oceanographer, Australia, and Tara Brown - Presenter, Channel 9 Australia. Once you've viewed the video, the following Mark Young (South Africa) blog post will help in understanding what the hell was going on, and the insidious manner in which the producers of the program achieved their preordained outcome. The facts and truth were ultimately the victims, while the general public will unknowingly be lead to believe what they saw.