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Boeing reassures about the safety of its planes

Calhoun (CEO): "There have been difficulties, but the company is making continuous progress"

The US Boeing Group is making progress regarding the safety of the aircraft it produces. This was stated by the company's top management during a hearing before the United States Congress. During the audit, American senators attacked the company's CEO: they claim that the plane crash that occurred on January 5, 2024 overshadows the progress made after the two fatal accidents in 2018 and 2019.

"Our culture is far from perfect, but we are acting and making progress" on safety, underlined the outgoing CEO of the US Boeing Group, Dave Calhoun, who in recent weeks announced his resignation, announcing that he will leave the company by the end of 2024. In office since 2020, his exit is part of a broader corporate reorganization strategy.

Boeing is "in a moment of reckoning and has an opportunity to change its broken safety culture". "As a former federal prosecutor and state attorney general, I think the evidence is almost overwhelming to justify this prosecution", said Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, who chaired the hearing.

"Why didn't you resign? You're the problem. I just hope to God you don't destroy this company before it can be saved", is the accusation from Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley, who called the compensation plan "ridiculous". from 33 million dollars to the relatives of the victims of the two fatal accidents involving two Boeing 737 MAX planes that crashed in 2018 and 2019, killing 346 people.

In 2021, the US Department of Justice had suspended a criminal action against the manufacturer regarding the two fatal plane crashes that occurred in 2018 and 2019. The freezing of the legal action was linked to the fact that Boeing would guarantee safety standards for three years excellent on aircraft production. Instead, on January 5, 2024 the plug door of a B-737 MAX 9, operated by the US company Alaska Airlines, exploded in flight, causing injuries to some passengers. Therefore, in May 2024 the US Department of Justice ruled that the company had violated the agreement. Boeing now risks reopening criminal proceedings. 

On the same topic, see also the article published by AVIONEWS.

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