Boeing, a massive American aircraft manufacturing company, admitted knowing of their 737 MAX planes’ flaw prior to the fatal crashes that cost 346 people of their lives.
The first fatal crash involving a 737 MAX plane occurred in October last year when Lion Air Flight 610 crashed mere moments after the plane took off from Jakarta, Indonesia. The devastating crash resulted in 189 deaths.
The second crash involving a 737 MAX plane followed on March 10 when Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed minutes after taking off, resulting in the death of 157 people.
Following the deadly crashes, the 737 MAX plane models have been grounded all around the world with investigators working day and night to discover what caused the accidents.
Now, Boeing, the 737 MAX manufacturer, admitted knowing about a crucial flaw prior to the crashes. Nevertheless, the company failed to alert airlines operating the aforementioned models and the regulators even after one of the crashes already occurred.
Within months after the 737 MAX’s debut in 2017, the company realized the warning sensor only worked if the airlines bought an optional feature according to their recent announcement.
As it happens, the sensors were found to have malfunctioned on the deadly flights and resulted in causing the plane’s software to push the nose downward.
While it isn’t yet proven that fixing the sensors flaw would help prevent these accidents, it is clear that the plane manufacturing giant kept a vital piece of information to themselves.
Nevertheless, Boeing’s shocking announcement raised plenty of fresh questions and doubts related to the company’s (lack of) transparency. As outraged members of the public suggested, the company should be held responsible for “corporate murders” with management who chose to keep silent being brought to justice.
According to Boeing, the sensor alert was an additional feature that the planes could fly without safely. After the company’s in-house experts determined that the malfunctioning sensors didn’t affect safety, they decided to disconnect the optional indicator during the next planned display software maintenance. However, they failed to notify the FAA or airlines about the malfunction.
The Justice Department is currently running a criminal investigation into the matter to get to the bottom of the deadly crashes. Meanwhile, the company is facing scrutiny by congressional committees and transportation departments around the world while facing countless lawsuits from family members of the victims of crashes.
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