As a Senator Calls on FAA to Ground 737 MAX, Boeing Stands by the Product

Mar 12, 2019

Boeing’s 737 MAX plane has operated two flights in the past five months that have resulted in fatal crashes. Airlines, countries, aviation experts, flight attendants and passengers have commented on the safety of the jets. Now, the FAA is feeling pressure to temporarily ground 737 MAXs following a statement from prominent US Senator Diane Feinstein, while at the same time, Boeing continues to defend the safety its product.

On Monday, Senator Feinstein released a statement asking the FAA to force airlines to temporarily ground the 737 MAX 8, the model that was involved in the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air crashes, in the US until the aircraft’s safety is absolute. She validated the worries of several anxiety-ridden flyers in noting that the two crashes “raised legitimate questions about whether an unknown problem exists, which must be discovered and remedied as soon as possible.”

The pressure toward the FAA follows suit with the actions that China, Singapore, Australia and Indonesia have taken to ensure that the series is not flown in their countries while the aircraft is further investigated.

However, while the FAA is being encouraged to take wide-scale actions to ground the jets, Boeing is adamant about the safety of the 737 MAX. The chairman and CEO of the company Dennis Muilenburg released a letter to Boeing employees that sympathized with victims of the tragedies and reaffirmed his confidence in the company’s product.

“Boeing has delivered more than 370 737 MAX airplanes to 47 customers. Since its certification and entry into service, the MAX family has completed hundreds of thousands of flights safely. We are confident in the safety of the 737 MAX and in the work of the men and women who design and build it.”

Muilenburg also noted that the company will be “adjusting plans… to ensure [its] teams are centered on [their] priorities, including safety, quality and stability.” He also asked for the company to “stay centered on the facts and avoid speculation” as the investigation unfolds.

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