Boeing’s CEO offered his fullest apology yet after Ethiopia’s investigation pointed the finger at him

  • Boeing’s CEO offered his fullest apology yet for two fatal 737 Max crashes that killed just under 350 people.
  • Dennis Muilenburg said Thursday that Boeing is “sorry for the lives lost” and that the “tragedies continue to weigh heavily on our hearts and mind.”
  • The apology came hours after the preliminary findings from the Ethiopian government put the spotlight on Boeing.>
  • Boeing acknowledged that a software issue was a common factor in both the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes.
  • Muilenburg said the company was working to make sure that that its software update “will ensure accidents like that of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 never happen again.”

April 5, 2019 (Business Insider) — Boeing’s CEO offered his fullest apology yet after the investigation into the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash put pressure on the manufacturer for the disaster that killed 157 people.

Dennis Muilenburg said on Thursday that the company is “sorry” for deaths in the crash, as well as a fatal Lion Air crash that killed 189 people in October 2018, as he confirmed that both planes experienced similar issues with their software.

“We at Boeing are sorry for the lives lost in the recent 737 MAX accidents, he said.

“These tragedies continue to weigh heavily on our hearts and minds, and we extend our sympathies to the loved ones of the passengers and crew on board Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.”

“I cannot remember a more heart-wrenching time in my career with this great company.”

In March Muilenburg published an open letter to Ethiopian Airlines and the wider aviation industry, where he said the company was “humbled” and “learning” as investigations into both crashes continue. At that point he did not say Boeing was sorry.

Thursday’s apology was a more direct acknowledgement, and took into account the preliminary findings of Ethiopian government investigations, who described how the plane’s MCAS automated anti-stall system forced the plane’s nose down before impact.

The full details of what happened in the two accidents will be issued by the government authorities in the final reports, but, with the release of the preliminary report of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 accident investigation, it’s apparent that in both flights the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, known as MCAS, activated in response to erroneous angle of attack information,” he said.

Boeing confirmed on Wednesday an erroneous sensor triggered the MCAS system. The same issue was identified in the preliminary investigation report on the Lion Air crash.

The investigations into both disasters are still underway, and their final conclusions are not expected for many months.

Boeing CEO, Dennis Muilenburg gestures during an event at the Farnborough Airshow, south west of London, on July 16, 2018. BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

Ethiopia’s preliminary report put the spotlight on Boeing as it found that the pilots had followed Boeing’s own emergency procedures but were still unable to control the plane.

It said the plane was deemed airworthy at takeoff and that the pilots were fully certified.

Muilenburg said that it was Boeing’s “responsibility” to eliminate any risk caused by the MCAS system.

Read more: The crashed Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max hit the ground at 575mph and left a crater 32 feet deep, horrifying details in official report reveal

“We own it and we know how to do it,” he said, pledging that its planned software update “will ensure accidents like that of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 never happen again.”

Investigators examine wreckage at the scene where the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed in Ethiopia on March 12, 2019. AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayen

Boeing is currently working with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to secure approval for the new software, which will make the MCAS system easier to control.

737 Max planes around the world will remain grounded until the FAA and its international counterparts certify the software fixes.

Muilenburg said Boeing has had its “top engineers and technical experts working tirelessly” and that the company will give pilots “training and additional educational materials” to deal with the MCAS system.

Muilenburg went on a demo flight with the new software on Wednesday, where he said saw the update “performing safely in action.”

Similar Articles

Comments

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

BBC Afaan Oromoo: ODUU Owwituu, Amajjii 27, 2020

BBC Afaan Oromoo: ODUU Owwituu, Amajjii 27, 2020

21 million Chinese died of coronavirus – US intelligence officials intercept data

21 million Chinese died of coronavirus – US intelligence officials intercept data By James Alami (Web Archive) -- A new data intercepted by the United States...

OMN: ODUU GALGALAA (GURRAANDHALA 20, 2020)

OMN: ODUU GALGALAA (GURRAANDHALA 20, 2020)

New Book: የተጠለፈ ትግል (The hijacked revolution) in pdf

Book: የተጠለፈ ትግል (The hijacked revolution) in PDF Via Aba Orma, September 3, 2019 የተጠለፈ ትግል (The hijacked revolution) Author: Mudhin Siraj Pages: 152 Language: Amharic Year: July 2019 To...

Ethnic cleansing continued in Oromia Regional State by Abiy Ahmed

Ethnic cleansing continued in Oromia Regional State by Ethiopian government lead by Dr. Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia July 10, 2020 The Right Honourable Justin...