As the aviation industry grapples with Boeing’s recent safety crises and leadership upheavals, the legal ramifications for the company and potential avenues for affected parties become increasingly significant. Recent reports by the FAA, industry experts, and the beginning of a criminal investigation highlight systemic issues within Boeing and open discussions on accountability and justice for those impacted, particularly Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 passengers.

Spotlight on Boeing’s Leadership Changes and Safety Oversight

On 03/25/2024, Boeing announced abrupt leadership changes at Boeing, including CEO David Calhoun and other senior executives stepping down. This move is likely the company’s response to mounting pressure from regulatory bodies, the public, and possibly from within. These leadership changes could be seen as an attempt by Boeing to demonstrate a commitment to rectifying its safety practices. However, for those affected by the Alaska 1282 accident and other safety failures, these actions only raise more questions about the extent of Boeing’s accountability, prior knowledge of its safety failings, and the depth of Boeing’s failure to prioritize safety aircraft manufacturing.

In the wake of the Alaska Airlines 1282 accident, the FAA has conducted a series of audits of Boeing and its supplier, Spirit AeroSystems’, manufacturing, and quality control processes. In a report to Congress, the FAA reported that Boeing failed 33 of the 97 total audits, and Spirit failed 7 of the 13 audits.

These findings support an independent report prepared for Congress by industry experts who reported that Boeing had an “inadequate and confusing” way of administering its safety culture.

On another note, the Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into Alaska Airlines 1282 and notified passengers of Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 last week that they may be “possible victims of a crime.”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Justice Department’s ongoing investigations into Boeing’s safety practices present a complex legal landscape for those affected by the company’s alleged failures. The FAA’s grounding of the 737 Max 9 planes and subsequent audits of Boeing’s manufacturing processes highlight regulatory efforts to hold the company accountable. These investigations are starting to provide crucial evidence relevant to demonstrate Boeing’s knowledge of and response to safety issues.

ALG’s Role in the Investigation

For Aviation Law Group, these developments shed yet more light on a story of failed safety with continuing ramifications. The more eyes on Boeing, the more likely the public will eventually get the full story about the safety failings that led to the Alaska Airlines 1282 accident.

ALG has recently teamed up with D’Amore Law Group of Portland, Oregon. D’Amore joins us in navigating the intricacies of Oregon Law and its Courts, and to establish an even stronger plaintiff attorney team as we move ahead.  

Between ALG’s leading experience in Aviation Law and D’Amore’s leading experience in representing victims in Oregon courts, we know we will make a formidable team to represent victims in this matter.

If you or someone you know was a passenger on Alaska 1282, we urge you to reach out to us for a free consultation at 206.464.1166.