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Boeing 737 MAX Government Investigation

This guide chronicles the government investigation around the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, focusing on the Congressional and agencies hearings, reports, and documentation produced in the process.

Selected Chronology

1.27.2021
Boeing 737 MAX Return to Service Report
Overview of the Technical Investigation Activities Performed by EASA  PDF
1.27.2021
European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) declares Boeing 737 MAX safe to return to service in Europe. Press release TEXT
1.7.2021
The Department of Justice Charged Boeing with 737 MAX Fraud Conspiracy and Settled for $2.5 Billion.Justice Department Press Release TEXT
12.21.2020
Release of the H.R. 133 Including Division V Aircraft Certification, Safety, and Accountability.
12.18.2020
Senate Report: Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee released its investigation report on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
11.18.2020
The FAA approves the return of the Boeing 737 MAX to service.
Summary of the FAA’s Review of the Boeing 737 MAX PDF

9.28.2020

The  House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Leaders Unveil Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen FAA’s Certification Process and Improve the Regulatory System. PDF

9.16.2020
House Report: An 18-month investigation by a U.S. House of Representatives panel finds that the FAA failed in its oversight and certification and Boeing failed in its design and development of the MAX as well as its transparency with the FAA. PDF

12.23.2019
Boeing fires Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg 
3.13.2019
FAA joins other major global regulators in grounding the 737 MAX.
3.10.2019
An Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crashes, killing all 157 people on board.

10.29.2018
A Lion Air 737 MAX plane crashes in Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.
3.18.2017
The 737 MAX gains U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification.