It took them long enough, but Boeing has finally canned Dennis Muilenburg, its now-former CEO, in response to the ongoing 737 MAX debacle that’s sent the company spiraling in recent weeks. But Muilenburg probably should have gotten prison time as his parting gift rather than a $100 million golden parachute severance package, seeing as how under his watch Boeing hid critical safety data about the 737 MAX from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – much like how drug companies routinely lie to the Food And Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers of pharmaceuticals.
According to reports, a “new batch” of internal communications between Boeing employees recently came out that paints a “very disturbing picture” about the many serious problems with the design of the 737 MAX. These important details about the failed plane were never procured to the FAA prior to its approval, which means that Boeing knowingly and intentionally put profits before the lives of people.
Though these communications haven’t been released publicly, staff at the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (TIC) are reportedly in the process of reviewing them. And what we know is that at least some of these communiques were written by the same Boeing pilot who released a previous set of messages back in October, prompting lawmakers to launch a probe as part of an ongoing investigation.
“Similar to the other records previously disclosed by Boeing, the records appear to point to a very disturbing picture of both concerns expressed by Boeing employees about the company’s commitment to safety and efforts by some employees to ensure Boeing’s production plans were not diverted by regulators or others,” a TIC aide said in a statement.
“The committee will continue to review these and other records provided by Boeing as part of the committee’s ongoing investigation,” this same aide added.
Believe it or not, this is the second time since last March, which is when all 737 MAX planes were grounded, that Boeing withheld internal messages from the FAA that are critical to its ongoing investigation of what caused those two fateful plane crashes. This repeated act of deception by Boeing prompted the FAA to issue a scathing rebuke of the company, a move that has only further deteriorated the relationship between these two powerful entities.
But this is actually a good thing because Boeing had, up until this point, been a little too buddy-buddy with the FAA, which many believe is part of the reason why it gained approval for the failed 737 MAX in the first place. In truth, the 737 MAX never should have been given the green light to fly because it is neither safe nor airworthy.
Back in October, Boeing finally came clean by handing over internal company messages revealing that Boeing employees had expressed “misgivings” about the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) software that ultimately sent two 737 MAX airplanes nosediving straight into the ground and ocean.
Boeing’s Board of Directors has since decided to appoint current Chairman David L. Calhoun to the CEO position, effective January 13, 2020. Calhoun will still remain a member of the board, however fellow board member Lawrence W. Kellner will now become the non-executive Chairman of the Board, effective immediately.
“I strongly believe in the future of Boeing and the 737 MAX,” Calhoun is quoted as saying. “I am honored to lead this great company and the 150,000 dedicated employees who are working hard to create the future of aviation.”
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