Boeing Whistleblower Alleges Systemic Problems With 737 MAX
Because the MAX was a derivative model, it didn't have to meet the latest safety standards on some systems
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June 20, 2020 - by Dominic Gates for seattletimes.com
- Because the MAX was a derivative model, it didn't have to meet the latest safety standards on some systems
A Boeing engineer who last year lodged an internal ethics complaint alleging serious shortcomings in development of the 737 MAX has written to a U.S. Senate committee asserting that systemic problems with the jet's design "must be fixed before the 737 MAX is allowed to return to service."
The letter to the Senate, a copy of which was obtained by The Seattle Times, was written by engineer Curtis Ewbank, a 34-year-old specialist in flight-deck systems whose job when the MAX was in early stages of development involved studying past crashes and using that information to make new planes safer.
His letter, sent earlier this month, argues that it's not enough for Boeing to fix the flawed Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) that's known to have brought down the aircraft in two crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
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