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Boeing’s CEO is Bashed at a Congressional Hearing

"These loved ones never had a chance. They were in flying coffins..." Boeing CEO's faced some severe criticism before Congress about the 737 Max crashes that killed 346 people.

All about making sure the Max is getting back into service

Boeing Co. Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg was overwhelmed with calls to resign, attacks on his integrity and criticism of a flight-control system linked to two fatal 737 Max crashes as he gave two days of often-contentious testimony in the U.S. Congress. Missing from the proceedings were blockbuster revelations likely to delay the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s final review of whether the Max can safely return to the skies after a grounding of more than seven months -- a central question for Boeing investors and the embattled CEO.

Having been battered by the grilling in Congress, the CEO’s next challlenge will be to win U.S. recertification of the Max by the end of 2019 as he has repeatedly promised. Badly missing that deadline will roil airline customers, undermine public confidence in the jet and put Muilenburg’s job further at risk. Muilenburg fielded questions about the jet from furious lawmakers in a five-hour appearance Wednesday. For the first time, he publicly detailed errors in the design and communications around the software linked to both crashes. And he expressed regret over Boeing’s response after a Lion Air jetliner fell from the sky on Oct. 30, 2018 -- a tragedy that repeated itself less than five months later in Ethiopia.

In hearings that were at times angry, emotional and technical, Muilenburg worked to salvage Boeing’s reputation and save his job. Directors at the company stripped him of his chairman’s role earlier and ousted Kevin McAllister, the head of the commercial aircraft division. The crashes and global grounding have been unprecedented for an advanced jetliner and have cost Boeing more than $9 billion so far. The tone contrasted with a Boeing statement a year ago, when the company angered Lion Air owner Rusdi Kirana by pointing out piloting and maintenance lapses cited in an initial report on the disaster off the coast of Indonesia. Other airlines have griped about the company’s overly optimistic assessments of when its best-selling plane will be cleared to fly.

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10/31/2019 3:14 PM
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39 comments

  • John L.
    3 hours

    No large company has ever......not even once.....at any point in time......past or present.....in any way........put profits over safety........ever.

  • Warren P.
    13 hours

    How it is

  • Art D.
    17 hours

    pilot error happens....we all make mistakes, even you senator.....RIP to all the victims.

  • Kelly B.
    a day

    good thing Nosferatu is here to save us lol

  • Mickey H.
    2 days

    Profits first and always....

  • Greg B.
    3 days

    This man and all his cronies should lose their jobs. I'm the son of an aeronics engineer that used to work for Douglas. My father would have been furious over this... Why is it that corporate greed rules everything in this cointry. ?? !!!

  • Garth T.
    3 days

    ......Blumenthal is a dirty dirty pOS politician

  • Juan G.
    3 days

    Go to church

  • Dustin G.
    3 days

    Shouldnt that man be counting gold in gringotts bank right now

  • Marisol T.
    4 days

    Money over values and morals! Big problem !!!!!

  • Cynthia M.
    5 days

    Blah blah blah!! No Accountability at all!!! Fbs!!!

  • Caleb S.
    5 days

    ... This countries leaders choose money of people .. Money laundering everything ... Why do you think politicians become millionaires?

  • Jorge B.
    5 days

    is this liar still in power?

  • Jorge S.
    5 days

    Senate investigations are all talk, and no solutions. R.i.p those who lost their lives that day.

  • Kernel F.
    5 days

    😥 they care more about money than our lives. 346 lives lost.

  • April F.
    6 days

    When did that happen

  • Leo S.
    6 days

    Ooooo..ouch

  • Scott H.
    6 days

    Isn't Mr. Blumenthal the senator that lied about being a combat veteran.... friend of Teddy Kennedy who got drunk and killed a woman.... friend of Hillary Clinton who ordered a stand-down resulting in the death of four (4) Americans in Benghazi? ...yeh, that's what I thought. I don't believe a thing he says. Nothing!

  • Kelly R.
    6 days

    HOPE IM NOT ON 1 TO MAINE FOR XMAS

  • Chris G.
    7 days

    Easy to blame a dead guy right?