CEO of Boeing Dennis Muilenburg said on Monday that the company understands “lives depend on the work we do” and was putting the appropriate steps in place to ensure the 737 MAX safety.
A statement released by Boeing on Monday night said: “Our hearts are heavy, and we continue to extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of the passengers and crew on board.”
Muilenburg said Boeing was “taking actions to fully ensure the safety of the 737 Max,” based on the information the company got from the investigations.
“We know lives depend on the work we do, and our teams embrace that responsibility with a deep sense of commitment every day. Our purpose at Boeing is to bring family, friends and loved ones together with our commercial airplanes—safely.”
Following the crash in Indonesia last week, Boeing faced tough questions about the development of the 737 MAX. and a flight-control known as MCAS, which Boeing say will receive the upgrade that had originally started in the wake of October’s Lion air crash in Indonesia. Experts believe MCAS played a role in the first crash, and Boeing was thrust into a crisis last week when another jet crashed in almost identical circumstances.
The 737 MAX, Boeing’s newest jet is now grounded, with no clear timetable for return of the MAX planes,
Mr. Muilenburg appeared to try to reassure the public in his statement, saying: “Safety is at the core of who we are at Boeing, and ensuring safe and reliable travel on our airplanes is an enduring value and our absolute commitment to everyone,” he said. “This overarching focus on safety spans and binds together our entire global aerospace industry and communities.”
Although investigations into the causes of both crashes are still in progress, French air accident investigators confirmed yesterday that flight recorder data from the Ethiopian Airlines jet showed “clear similarities” with the Lion Air jet.