Boeing CEO admits mistakes were made in 737 MAX air safety software

Boeing CEO admits mistakes were made in 737 MAX air safety software

Boeing CEO admits mistakes were made in 737 MAX air safety software

Boeing's flawed design of a stabilization system involved in two fatal crashes was among the company's mistakes in the 737 MAX, CEO Dennis Muilenburg told Congress on Wednesday, as another internal email was made public showing an employee had concerns with the system well before the two crashes.

Asked about whether Boeing supported a new legislation on the oversight process, Muilenburg declined to give a clear backing. His total compensation rose 27 per cent from a year earlier. He turned to her and said: "I'm sorry".

In a subsequent round of questioning, Muilenburg said he expected his 2019 bonus would be "zero" based on the company's performance.

"He is not the human being to be doing this job, and neither is his board", Milleron said.

The documents show a "pattern of extraordinary production pressure" to keep up with a new jet from its competitor, Airbus, DeFazio said.

The email, which was sent to the general manager of the Max program, warned that workers on the Max assembly line were exhausted by the schedule and there should be a temporary halt.

Muilenburg said he has not offered to resign, but acknowledged that the crashes "happened on my watch".

The factory issues raised by the employee weren't related to MCAS.

Muilenberg: "Congressman, it's not about the money for me". The company took action to address the out-of-schedule work, including adding quality checkpoints, he said.

JON TESTER: I would walk before I was to get on a 737 Max.

As Muilenburg departed the hearing, she implored him to look at the victims' families when he apologized.

"We wanted to listen and each of the families told us the stories of the lives that were lost and those were heart breaking", said Muilenburg, his voice breaking with emotion.

"And it is wonderful to me just being here how often that is forgotten". Ethiopian authorities are continuing to investigate the second crash, involving a plane flown by Ethiopian Airlines, which led to a worldwide grounding of the plane. "Your salary is still on", he said, gesturing to the family members at the hearing.

DeFazio was not exclusively focused on Boeing though, he also pointed to larger problems with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which licenses planes. And at last he mentioned the corporate ought to have been extra "efficient and comprehensive" in its communications and documentation "across all of our shareholders".

At least one whistle-blower also told the committee that the company sacrificed safety for cost savings, DeFazio wrote.

Muilenburg said he believes the FAA's approach is "a solid system that has been built up over decades".

Lawmakers launched Boeing paperwork that confirmed the corporate had thought-about including an MCAS alert on the flight management panel to the 737 MAX.

"Are we vulnerable to single AOA sensor failures with the MCAS implementation", the employee, whose name is redacted in the document, asked, raising the exact scenario blamed for the two crashes. Boeing has since redesigned MCAS to prevent a repeat of such a failure, in part by incorporating readings from both angle-of-attack sensors. One thing I wanted to convey to the families. He also hammered Boeing's assumptions on how long it would take pilots to respond to a failure. "We got that wrong", he said. "If we knew everything back then that we know now, we would have made a different decision", he testified. Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio, a Democrat from OR, railed against the company, saying it has shown a "lack of candor".

The two accidents killed 346 people and have thrown the company into crisis and roiled the global aviation industry. The U.S. manufacturer's bill is $9.2 billion and rising, as it faces questions about the plane's development and its own transparency.

The 737 MAX, when it returns, may have numerous new safeguards.

-With assistance from Courtney Rozen, Ryan Beene, Alan Levin and Julie Johnsson.

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