Published: Wed, March 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Boeing CEO releases a statement on 'safety'

Boeing CEO releases a statement on 'safety'

The Ethiopian Airlines disaster on March 10 that killed 157 people led to the grounding of Boeing's marquee MAX fleet globally and sparked a high-stakes inquiry for the aviation industry.

Boeing's main rival, Airbus, has seen its stock rise 5 percent since the crash, but can not simply pick up the slack given the complicated logistics of plane-building.

Aviation authorities around the world have grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 planes after the Ethiopian crash.

He added: "We know lives depend on the work we do".

The US, which is ratcheting up pressure on Germany and several other governments in the West to not allow China's Huawei to provide 5G mobile-internet infrastructure because of alleged security concerns, is now facing a global backlash against the American commercial airplanes major following two deadly crashes of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in the past six months.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenberg has penned a letter to airlines, passengers and the aviation community saying that the company is committed to supporting the most recent investigation into the Ethiopian Airlines crash to prevent future tragedies.

Boeing has apologised to customers for the challenges they've experienced since the grounding of their fleet across the globe.

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Separately, the US Department of Transportation's inspector general was also scrutinizing the FAA's oversight of Boeing and the development of the 737 MAX, according to a person with knowledge of the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Work is progressing thoroughly and rapidly to learn more about the Ethiopian Airlines accident and understand the information from the aeroplane's cockpit voice and flight data recorders.

"If that's the case, that does raise the possibility that there is a similar occurrence between the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines accidents", said Clint Balog, a Montana-based professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Our entire team is devoted to the quality and safety of the aircraft we design, produce and support.

Our mission is to connect people and nations, protect freedom, explore our world and the vastness of space, and inspire the next generation of aerospace dreamers and doers-and we'll fulfil that mission only by upholding and living our values.

US Federal Aviation Administration employees warned seven years ago that Boeing had too much control over safety approvals of new aircraft, prompting an investigation by Transportation Department auditors who confirmed the agency hadn't done enough to "hold Boeing accountable".

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