Boeing CEO Grilled by Senate Lawmakers Over 737 MAX Failures

Boeing CEO Grilled by Senate Lawmakers Over 737 MAX Failures

As they were at Tuesday's Senate hearing, family members of victims were seated closely behind Muilenburg on Wednesday at the House hearing. "We're here for people for fellow Americans, fellow citizens", Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., said in the hearing. Are you working for free from now on til you can cure this problem? Wicker invited them to stand and hold up large photos of their relatives, which they had carried into the room. "I'm sorry, I'm just not buying that".

"You're saying you're not giving up any compensation?" "I am accountable and my company is accountable".

"Why are you not giving up any money?" demanded Representative Steve Cohen, a Tennessee Democrat. "You are not accountable".

"I am responsible. I am also accountable", Muilenburg said during an exchange with Democratic Representative Rick Larsen of Washington.

"Those pilots never had a chance", Blumenthal said.

"You're driving profit, you're not driving quality and you're sure as heck not driving safety".

Boeing's shares were down almost one percent in afternoon trading.

Later, Congressman Dan Lipinski of IL, the place Boeing is headquartered, informed Muilenburg: "I am not sure what accountability means if you got a $15 million bonus after Lion Air", a reference to the crash in Indonesia. Another Boeing document warned that if a pilot failed to respond in more than 10 seconds to the software, activation could lead to a "catastrophic" failure.

"We wanted to listen and each of the families told us the stories of the lives that were lost and those were heart breaking", said Muilenburg, his voice breaking with emotion.

In a subsequent round of questioning, Muilenburg said he expected his 2019 bonus would be "zero" based on the company's performance.

Final week, Indonesia investigators discovered Boeing failed to know dangers within the design of MCAS.

"The design and certification of the MCAS did not adequately consider the likelihood of loss of control of the aircraft", the report said. On the contrary, Muilenburg boasted in his written testimony that when the 737 Max returns to service, it will be one of the safest airplanes ever to fly.

Muilenburg outlined plans to lawmakers to make the planes safer including changes to the flight control system, adding redundancy and no longer charging airlines more for certain cockpit alerts.

"As additional reviews are complete, we'll take additional actions", Muilenburg said. "We've spent over 100,000 engineering and test hours, we've flown more than 800 test flights", Muilenburg said. Thirdly, he said the company needs to improve communication and documentation.

DeFazio requested why Boeing permitted MCAS when it was susceptible to a single level of failure.

He said: "We need answers".

Another document from 2018 examined Boeing's assumptions about how quickly pilots would respond to an MCAS malfunction.

"I've talked to a lot of pissed off pilots", DeFazio said. "We need reforms on how commercial aircraft are certified", and how regulators "watch" companies like Boeing.

Graves noted the safety record of US 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.

An worldwide panel of safety regulators reported this month that the FAA outsourced its regulatory tasks to Boeing employees for 737 Max's safety, and Boeing put "undue pressures" on its employees working on 737 Max certification.

On Tuesday, Senators focused their questions on Boeing's knowledge of problems with the MCAS sensor. Sen.

Muilenburg told reporters on Wednesday he believes the allegation was in response to concerns about a change in the increase of the production rate.

Senator Marsha Blackburn said it was "disconcerting" that a company chief attributed wrongdoings to his "lack of awareness".

Dennis Muilenburg apologized to the families of the victims who died in the two 737 Max jet crashes. "Your salary is still on", he said, gesturing to the family members at the hearing. Preventing any future accidents like this.

"I guess the question is, why wasn't it that way from day one?" What is the goal of this whole process we go through, the regulations, the procedures, why?

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