Boeing ‘hid design flaws’ in 737 Max jet that led to two fatal crashes with 346 lives lost
Two deadly Boeing 737 Max crashes were the “horrific culmination” of engineering, mismanagement and inattention that allowed the company to hide shortcomings, a report said.
Congressional investigators in the US said 346 lives were lost as a result of “repeated and serious failures” by Boeing and aviation regulators.
They were told that the lead project engineer had approved a critical design change to the software, despite being unaware of the key details and a warning from a test pilot that a failure would be “catastrophic.”
U.S. Congressional Investigators said two fatal crashes with the Boeing 737 Max airline were the result of “ repeated and serious failures ” by Boeing and air safety regulators
The Transport Commission’s report came from an 18-month investigation into the crash of a Lion Air flight in Indonesia in 2018 and Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 in 2019.
The Max was grounded worldwide shortly after the crash in Ethiopia.
It said, “The crashes were the gruesome culmination of a series of flawed technical assumptions by Boeing engineers, a lack of transparency on the part of management, and grossly inadequate oversight by the Federal Aviation Administration.”
Failures included pressure to rush the Max to compete with an Airbus plane and a “hidden culture,” he said.
In both crashes, the software repeatedly pointed the nose down, forcing pilots into unsuccessful struggles to keep planes upright.