Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Boeing admits responsibility for Alaska Airlines crash and pledges transparency


Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun on Tuesday admitted his airline giant was responsible for the crash of an Alaska Airlines flight.

“We will resolve this issue by admitting our mistake,” Calhoun said during the meeting at the Boeing factory in Renton, Washington.

“We will deal with it with complete and utter transparency every step of the way,” he added, according to a Boeing spokesperson.

Calhoun emphasized that Boeing will rely on the US Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission to “ensure that all aircraft authorized to fly are safe and that this incident does not happen again.”

Boeing's CEO insisted that “every detail matters,” and Calhoun did not clarify what his company's “fault” meant in the crash that forced an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 9 to make an emergency landing because of a broken exit plug. This flight had an emergency while flying on a domestic flight from Portland (Oregon) to Ontario (California).

The statement from Boeing's CEO came a day after US airline Alaska Airlines announced it had found “bad parts” on its Boeing 737 MAX 9 planes. on the plane.

United Airlines' announcement follows a report by Alaska Airlines that an initial inspection of the emergency exits on its canceled Boeing 737 MAX 9 plane found that several screws were not properly tightened.

Following Friday's crash, the US Federal Aviation Administration ordered 171 of the type's planes to be grounded pending an investigation.

The Boeing 737 MAX 9 is equipped with several emergency exits. Therefore, Boeing offers its customers the option to remove some of these exits using plugs if the number of exits remaining is sufficient compared to the number of seats in the aircraft.

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