Congress Rips Boeing’s “Culture Of Concealment” & FAA’s ‘Jeopardizing’ Public In Scathing 737 MAX Report
In a sense finally making the long developing scandal official in terms of where blame lies and who covered it up, Congress has blasted Boeing’s “culture of concealment” which recklessly pursued cost-cutting over safety, made worse by the Federal Aviation Administration’s woeful lack of oversight, leading to twin deadly crashes of Boeing’s 737 MAX jets and 346 lives lost in late 2018 and March 2019. The report cites “efforts to obfuscate information” involving an automated system that “violated Boeing’s own internal design guidelines.”
Preliminary findings issued by Democrats on the House Transportation Committee Friday afternoon found Boeing executives and FAA regulators ignored the fatal software glitch which was simply shipped by default with all new 737 MAX planes instead of being repaired.
Boeing “failed in its duty to identify key safety problems and to ensure they were adequately addressed during the certification process,” the House committee found.