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In five-hour grilling over 737 MAX crashes, House panel reveals Boeing memos and calls on CEO Muilenburg to resign

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Oct. 31–In a tense and revelatory hearing Wednesday, a U.S. House committee presented startling new evidence from internal Boeing documents showing that, before the first crash in 2018, some company engineers had discovered that a failure in a new flight-control system could be “potentially catastrophic” — information that was dismissed and never communicated to regulators.

Another document showed that this catastrophic potential was reiterated in a presentation to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seven weeks after the Lion Air crash of a 737 MAX in Indonesia killed 189 people. Boeing decided pilots could deal with it and continued to let the airplane fly. But less than three months later, after a similar erroneous activation, another 157 people died on an Ethiopian Airlines MAX.

Those revelations set the stage for an intense five-hour grilling of Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg on details of the design, certification and marketing of the MAX during a second consecutive day of Congressional testimony.

The hearing was punctuated by repeated calls by members of the House Transportation and Infrastrucutre Committee for Muilenburg to step down.

“I think it’s pretty clear to me, to the families of the victims and to the American public that you should resign and do it immediately,” said Rep. Jesus Garcia, D-Ill.

With the new evidence displayed on slides in front of Muilenburg, the hearing turned into a relentless critique of Boeing’s management and its culture that will intensify the sense of crisis around the MAX.

“The design of MCAS was fatally flawed,” said Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Ariz. […]

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