Boeing Received Warning From Pilot Before Second Crash

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Andrew Wagner

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg testified in Congress and revealed messages about 737 MAX system issues.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg testified in Congress today for the first time since the crashes of two 737 MAX jets that killed 346 people and reported that a pilot had warned about the plane being faulty, according to The New York Times.

In November 2016, prior to the certification of the 737 MAX by the Federal Aviation Administration, Mark Forkner, the plane's chief technical pilot, stated that a new system on the plane was "running rampant" during simulator tests. He emailed two months later asking the F.A.A. to remove mention of the system, MCAS, from pilot training manuals.

These messages were made public this month, and draws further suspicion about whether Boeing could have prevented these tragedies. Furthermore, Congress questioned why Boeing waited to hand over the messages. “Boeing should have notified the F.A.A. about that conversation upon its discovery immediately,” Senator Roger Wicker, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, said in his opening statement.

Family members of the victims were also present at the testimony. “He needs to resign, I will say that to his face,” said Nadia Milleron, mother of Samya Stumo, a victim of the crash in Ethiopia, before Mr. Muilenburg began his testimony. “I think he’s very bad for Boeing, he’s very bad for the U.S., he’s very bad for safety. He should resign, the whole board should resign.”

Mr. Muilenberg expresses his sympathy for the families of the victims and apologized. The release of these messages further leads to speculation over whether the tragedies involving the 737 MAX jets that killed 346 people could have been prevented by Boeing.

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