The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has sanctioned Boeing for sharing private information with the media relating to the 737 MAX 9 door plug investigation. In January, an Alaska Airlines flight returned to Portland, Oregon after an exit door plug flew off midflight, leading to rapid decompression.

John Frederick, Boeing’s director of state and local government relations, addressed the January 5th incident before a Missouri House committee in April. Boeing has about 17,000 jobs in St. Louis.

“We’re going to cooperate with the FAA, the National Transportation Safety Board,” Frederick said.

“Of course, I mean, you can’t be seen as not cooperating,” interrupted Rep. Mike Stephens.”

“Correct,” Frederick added. “Specifically, we are doing with all employees, safety reviews, quality reviews, safety standdowns to emphasize the criticality of this.”

As a result, the company will no longer have access to the NTSB’s investigative information.

“You know we are accountable to them (international) and to our domestic customers and to the United States Department of Defense on our military products to produce, and they have the expectation, as you do, for a safe and quality product, and we’re going to do it,” he said.

The NTSB announced the sanctions after it accused Boeing of “speculating” about possible causes of the January 5th incident. Seven passengers and one flight attendant had minor injuries as a result of the flight problems.

“I just want to let you know, we’re accountable of what happened,” he said. “We’re going to cooperate with the FAA, and the National Transportation Safety Board. We owe you an apology as the flying public and the people in this audience because every day a Boeing airplane takes off and lands about every one second around the world.”

The company will be subpoenaed to appear for an investigative hearing in Washington D.C. in August but will not be allowed to be an active participant in the investigation.

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