US Senator describes the Boeing 737 MAX as “flying coffins”
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg was interviewed on Tuesday 29th October in the US Senate. Throughout the hearing, he received strong criticism from elected officials who continue to deplore the recent accidents of the 737 Max in Ethiopia and Indonesia.
The head of the American aircraft manufacturer Boeing was before the U.S. Senate Trade Committee last Tuesday to explain the accidents involving the 737 Max of Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines, which caused major human damage. During the hearing, the elected officials blamed the aircraft manufacturer for the tragedies. For Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, these passengers “lost their lives because of an accident that was not only preventable…, but that resulted from a pattern of deliberate concealment (…). They were in flying coffins because Boeing had decided that it would hide the MCAS from the pilots,” he said.
Following two accidents in five months that killed 346 people in Indonesia and Ethiopia, the aircraft manufacturer was grounded around the world. Recently, the American regulator accused Boeing of hiding important documents from pilots. Grounded since the Ethiopian crash in March, questions remain about the Boeing 737 Max’s return to the areas.