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Lawmakers to Hear from Pilots Who Criticised Boeing

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Wed, 19 Jun 2019 20:06 GMT

The President of the pilots' union at American Airlines said Boeing made mistakes in its design of the 737 Max and did not tell pilots about new flight-control software on the plane.

Daniel Carey said, on Wednesday, June 19th, Boeing's enthusiasm to reduce pilot-training costs for airlines buying its 737 Max jet contributed to fatal errors that led to two deadly crashes and left a "crisis of trust" around aviation safety, according to AP.

Carey is scheduled to testify on Wednesday before a House subcommittee that is looking into Boeing and the 737 Max airliner, which remains grounded after accidents that killed 346 people.

Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the captain who safely landed a disabled jetliner on the Hudson River in 2009, is also expected to testify. He has said that Boeing was more focused on protecting its product, the Max, than protecting the people who use it.

Separately, the head of the pilots' union at Southwest Airlines said on Wednesday that his group will seek compensation from Boeing for lost flying assignments and the costs of complying with a Justice Department subpoena for its records, which are part of the government's criminal investigation into Boeing.

The comments underscore the challenges that Boeing still faces in winning the confidence of pilots that the Max can be made safe. Those pilots, in turn, are key to convincing reluctant passengers to fly on the plane.

"That bond between the passenger and the pilot is one that is critical," Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said during an investor presentation in April.

Pilots complained to Boeing about not telling them of the flight software called MCAS until after the October crash of a Lion Air jet in Indonesia. That same software, which could misfire on the failure of a single sensor, was implicated in a second crash five months later of an Ethiopian Airlines jet.


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