Beyond Pilot Trash Talk, 737 MAX Documents Reveal How Intensely Boeing Focused on Cost
Troubling Boeing culture that prioritized costs over safety.
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- All the messages from the leaders of the MAX program "are about meeting schedule, not delivering quality," one employee laments in a 2018 email.
The details drew widespread outrage Friday.
Michael Stumo, father of 24-year-old Samya Stumo of Massachusetts, who died in the Ethiopian crash, said, "These revelations sicken me."
"The culture of Boeing has eroded horribly," he added. "My daughter is dead as a result."
Chris Moore, of Toronto, Canada, father of Danielle Moore, 24, who also died in that crash, said, "We spent an agonizing night thinking about these comments" in the documents. He called for an investigation that would "strip any professional accreditation from those who do not care about the safety of the flying public."
Robert Clifford, lead lawyer for the Ethiopian Airlines victims, said the documents will "be used by the families of the victims to show a jury that Boeing was reckless and put profits before safety."
The Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS), the union representing some staff units within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), termed the messages "disheartening" and called for re-evaluation of the increased delegation of oversight granted by regulators to Boeing for airplane development...
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