Boeing’s chairman and CEO said Tuesday that a disaster like the Alaska Airlines panel burst in midair “can never happen again,” as he acknowledged a “mistake” was made before the plane was forced to make an emergency landing.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
Dave Calhoun said the company was working to reassure airline customers that its planes are safe and assisting the National Transportation Safety Board in determining the cause of the crash, which on Friday destroyed the nearly complete fuselage of a 737 MAX 9. broke, causing a major accident. hole.
“We are going to reach No. 1, accepting our mistake. We are going to do it 100% and with complete transparency every step of the way,” he said at a town hall staff meeting at the factory that makes 737 aircraft in Renton, Washington. Boeing was going to work with the NTSB “to find out what the root cause is,” he said.
Calhoun said the company would “reach conclusions” on the cause of the crash and would work with investigators and the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure it “never happens again.”
“I got kids, I got grandkids and you too. This thing matters. Everything matters, every detail. I know I’m preaching to the choir here, this is not a lecture, not by any means. This is nothing more than a reminder of the seriousness with which we have to do our work,” he said.
Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun addressed safety issues during a town hall staff meeting at the company’s Renton, Washington, 737 factory. boeing
On Friday, a panel known as a door plug separated from Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 from Portland, Oregon, to Southern California’s Ontario International Airport six minutes after takeoff, when it was already 14,800 feet in the air. , after which Boeing got into trouble.
The passengers became frightened, the cabin rapidly lost pressure and the plane rapidly turned back towards Portland; The 171 passengers and six crew members suffered only minor injuries.
The FAA on Saturday ordered the grounding of the nation’s entire fleet of 171 Boeing 737 Max 9 planes; The next day, Bob Sawyer, a high school teacher, found the missing door panel in the backyard of his Portland home.
The NTSB said at a press conference Monday that a preliminary examination of the panel showed that it had signs of broken guides and missing bolts — although it’s possible the fasteners were lost during the crash.
Calhoun thanked the pilots and crew “who brought that airplane back to the ground in a very turbulent moment, under very scary circumstances.”
“They train [all] They spend their lives doing this, but you don’t know until you know. I hope most people never know,” he said.
A drawing was released by Boeing detailing the specifications of the avionics on the 737 passenger jet.Boeing
Calhoun described how difficult it must have been for Alaska Airlines’ leadership to field an entire fleet of aircraft. “They did it quickly and that potentially prevented another accident or another moment,” he said.
He also acknowledged that Boeing faces a “communications task” in rebuilding trust with its airline customers.
“Moments like these shake them to the bones, just as they shake me to the bones. They have trust in all of us, they do, but we have to demonstrate our willingness to work with them, directly and transparently, by their actions.” will be with them, and to make sure they understand that the airplanes that have the Boeing name on them in the sky are, in fact, safe,” Calhoun said.
“We will work our way to that but we need to know that we are starting at a very distressing moment for our customers,” he said.