NEW Boeing documents reveal ‘very disturbing picture’ of concerns expressed by employees related to the company’s commitment to safety amid concerns about the 737 MAX.
The documents were sent to FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and Congress on Monday, the same day Boeing officially announced that CEO Dennis Muilenburg had resigned.
The papers relate to a string of troubling disclosures about the development of the latest version of the 737 jetliner that was grounded worldwide after two crashes.
According to USA Today, FAA have acknowledged receiving the Boeing documents however they have not disclose the contents, saying they were under review.
But the Seattle Times reported the documents include internal communications involving former Boeing 737 chief test pilot Mark Forkner, who, in records previously disclosed, described problems in the development of the flight control system blamed in the two crashes.
Boeing, in response, acknowledged that the latest documents could prove damaging but did not offer an explanation of why the documents had not been disclosed before.
The 737 Max was grounded shortly after the March crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight just five months following Lion Air 737 MAX plane crash in Indonesia on October 29 2018, killing all 189 people on board.
As Euro Weekly News understands, combined, the accidents killed 346 passengers and crew.
The 737 Max was grounded with FAA ordering that Boeing implement design changes on the 737 MAX.
The blame of the accidents focused on a new computerised system called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS. The system was added to make the 737 Max fly like previous versions of the jetliner despite having larger engines repositioned on the wings. However MCAS repeatedly pushed down the nose of the planes as pilots struggled to keep them up, eventually causing the aircraft to plummet.
A newly released internal email from 2015 highlights how a Boeing engineer had voiced concerns about whether the flight control system they were developing was unsafe because it relied on a single sensor. Documents which warned that if a pilot failed to respond in more than 10 seconds to the software, activation could lead to a ‘catastrophic’ failure.
Chairman David Calhoun, who will take over Muilenburg’s CEO position on January 13 public ally stated that: ‘Dennis didn’t create this problem, but from the beginning he knew that MCAS should and could be done better, “
The company said the decision to change leadership was “necessary” with Muilenburg resignation announced on Monday. However, the former CEO leaves the company with an executive pension pot worth $13million atop an approximate $70million that Muilenburg earned during his four-and-a-half years as Boeing’s top executive.
Muilenburg is currently under investigation by the Justice Department and Congress.