Boeing CEO faces another grilling on Capitol Hill over Max
31 October, 2019, 00:23
Boeing Chief Government Dennis Muilenburg testifies at a listening to on the grounded 737 MAX.
Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg faced a second day of questions on Wednesday from US lawmakers on the company's now-grounded 737 Max plane after sharp criticism at a Senate hearing Tuesday.
A flight-safety feature known as Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, created to lower the nose of the plane in some conditions, was activated in both fatal crashes as a result of a malfunction and pilots in both cases didn't respond and lost control. "Those pilots never had a chance, these family members never had a chance - they were in flying coffins". Muilenburg mentioned the corporate had repeatedly requested the identical query. Investigations of the Lion Air and Ethiopian Air incidents also found the pilots struggled with the MCAS safety system leading up to the crashes.
"The design and certification of the MCAS did not adequately consider the likelihood of loss of control of the aircraft", the report said.
"I would walk before I was to get on a 737 Max", Tester told Muilenburg.
DeFazio asked why Boeing approved MCAS when it was vulnerable to a single point of failure.
DeFazio also questioned why Boeing scrapped initial plans to install a MCAS "annunciator" alert and how pilots could be expected to recover if the system failed, when Boeing failed to disclose details on the MCAS system to pilots.
"Those pilots never had a chance", Blumenthal said.
"I know this would take a lot of planning, but the alternative of rushing the build is far riskier", the manager wrote. "We need reforms on how commercial aircraft are certified", and how regulators "watch" companies like Boeing.
The Boeing Co. CEO received US$23.4 million a year ago, a sum that includes a US$13-million bonus.
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Muilenburg shortly listed Boeing's failure to reveal for months that it had made elective a cockpit alert flagging disagreement between the airflow sensors.
The hearing, the highest-profile congressional scrutiny of commercial aviation safety in years, heaps pressure on a newly rejiggered Boeing senior management team fighting to fix trust with airline customers and passengers shaken by an eight-month safety ban on its 737 Max following two crashes that killed 346 people near Indonesia and in Ethiopia.
Graves noted the safety record of USA aviation - no fatal crashes since 2009 - and a preliminary report on the second Max crash, which revealed that the Ethiopian Airlines pilots were flying so fast it might have hindered their ability to overcome an MCAS malfunction.
On Tuesday, Senators focused their questions on Boeing's knowledge of problems with the MCAS sensor. Sen.
Muilenburg offered his most candid public assessment of the company's shortcomings in designing a system implicated in two 737 Max crashes, after insisting for months that engineers followed the manufacturer's and Federal Aviation Administration processes. He said he was hesitant to put his own family on a Boeing plane. In both, he apologized to the victims' family members, who were in the audience.
"We've made mistakes and we got some things wrong. We're improving and we're learning", he mentioned.
On Tuesday, U.S. senators expressed dismay that 2016 instant messages discussing erratic behavior of simulator software - a replica of the system aboard the jetliner - did not prompt an immediate reaction from the company.
Multiple lawmakers questioned Muilenburg on decisions to remove information on the MCAS system from the pilot training materials for the 737 Max as well as whether concerns about profit motivated the company to make decisions to reduce costs for production or additional training for pilots.
On Tuesday, Nadia Milleron, whose daughter was killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March, said Muilenburg and the board should resign for failing to do more to prevent the crashes.
In an emotional exchange, Muilenburg described a private meeting Tuesday with the victims' loved ones - many of whom have attended the hearings displaying large pictures of their smiling children, siblings and spouses. "I'm sorry, I'm just not buying that".
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