Indian IT Companies Blamed for Boeing 737 MAX Crisis; HCL, Cyient Refute the Claim
The Boeing 737 Max is the infamous line of planes linked to the Lion Air crash last October and the Ethiopian Airlines disaster in March killing a total of as many as 346 people.
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July 2, 2019 - by news18.com
- The Boeing 737 Max is the infamous line of planes linked to the Lion Air crash last October and the Ethiopian Airlines disaster in March killing a total of as many as 346 people.
A recent report in Bloomberg has tied the Boeing Co.'s 737 Max crisis to Indian engineers working for HCL Technologies and Cyient Ltd. The report said that American plane manufacturer company Boeing and its subcontractors relied on temporary Indian workers from the two companies, who were earning as little as Rs 620 ($9) per hour, to develop and test the 737 Max software. The Boeing 737 Max is the infamous line of planes linked to the Lion Air crash last October and the Ethiopian Airlines disaster in March.
The Bloomberg report reviewed some of the resumes posted by HCL engineers on social media that said that the Indian engineers helped develop and test the Max's flight-display software, while employees from Cyient handled software for flight-test equipment.
In one such post, an HCL employee summarized his duties with a reference to 737 Max: "Provided quick workaround to resolve production issue which resulted in not delaying flight test of 737-Max (delay in each flight test will cost very big amount for Boeing)."
Boeing's association with HCL dates back to 2010 when the former opened what it called a "centre of excellence" with HCL in Chennai, saying the companies would partner "to create software critical for flight test".
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