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Boeing 737 Max: "I have experienced a factory in chaos"


In front of the US Congress, an ex-manager accused Boeing. Time pressure and overloading were at the expense of quality and safety in the production of the Max 737.

Just over a year after the first crash of a Boeing 737 Max, the US aircraft manufacturer suffers heavily from the testimony of a former manager. Ed Pierson spoke before the US Congress of deadline pressure and exhausted workers. Therefore, quality and safety standards could not be met. However, his concerns have been ignored by the management.

"I've seen a factory in chaos," Pierson said. Months before the first crash, he reported serious manufacturing quality concerns to senior Boeing executives - with no consequences. He had reported problems again before the second accident, but again none of his hints had any effect.

New approval until 2020

The former manager confirmed the suspicion that Boeing had launched the machine type 737 Max rushed to the market. There is currently a global ban on flying after 346 people were killed in two crashes of this type of aircraft. Most recently, Boeing had hoped to get the machines re-registered later this year, and that commercial use of the aircraft will be possible again from January.

However, the US aviation authority FAA rejected this after the hearing of Pierson. "I made it very clear that Boeing's plan is not the plan of the FAA," FAA chief Steve Dickson told CNBC. Accordingly, the 737 is no longer allowed to take off before the end of the year, and there are still many open points in the certification process. "It's simple math that it will take until 2020," Dickson said, announcing further research.

Boeing wants to have complied with the rules

Investigators suspect that the two crashes are related to the control software MCAS and a specially developed for the Max stabilization system that pushes the nose of an aircraft in the event of an impending stall. The FAA has to put up with unpleasant questions. It is said to have laxly controlled the Boeing 737 Max within the framework of the original certification and even delegated crucial test procedures to the manufacturer.

For Boeing, the renewed delays and the threat of fines are above all an economic disaster. The Max engines - a fuel-efficient reissue of the mid-range jet Boeing 737 - are in high demand and bring the Airbus competitor with the most profit. The company's top assures, they have responded to the first crash in October 2018 compliant with security measures and software updates.

Source: zeit

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