Willie Walsh: Airlines must ‘push back’ against criminalisation of accidents after Boeing door blowout

US Justice Department has convened a grand jury as part of its ongoing criminal investigation into the Boeing mid-air accident

Willie Walsh on Boeing investigation: ‘To me, it’s a retrograde step, something that we have to push back and push back strongly against.’ Picture: Getty

The head of the airline industry’s global body says the criminalisation of air accidents is “absolutely wrong” — a rebuke to the US Department of Justice’s probe of Boeing’s conduct around the mid-air Alaska Airlines door plug blowout.

Willie Walsh, director general of the International Air Transport Association and the former chief executive of Aer Lingus, said the suggestion regulators were looking at Boeing with “a criminal focus” was not right and too swift when ...