Three hundred and forty-six. That is the number of lives Boeing executives must answer for after two recent crashes of their Boeing 737 Max airplanes. While these families struggle with the loss of their family members everyday, the CEO of Boeing, Dennis Muilenberg, still received $23.8 million in compensation last year. Many have called for his resignation but he has decided to remain in his position for the time being. Boeing was able to pass the 737 Max through light regulation by the FAA.
Overworked and fatigued. Those are the words a Boeing general manager used to describe his workforce as they continued to build the 737 Max airplanes for Boeing. As well, simulations showed erratic behavior of the airplane during flight simulations. The Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) made the plane nosedive more than normal and harder to control. These were all warning signs of the tragedies to come. If proper procedures and regulations were in place, these tragedies may have been preventable.
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Proper communication was needed between the FAA and Boeing about what exactly was included in the MCAS system. Proper information was not provided to the FAA on how the MCAS system worked nor did they disclose that it did not have a failsafe if one sensor failed. If the FAA and Boeing could have provided greater oversight through the certification process, they could have avoided the tragedy and deaths of 346 people with little accountability.
Tyler Schaffer, Fairbury