Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg addresses the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 preliminary report

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Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg has addressed the preliminary report on the accident of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 which was operated with a Boeing 737 MAX 8 and crashed shortly after takeoff on 10 March 2019.

The first words of the Boeing CEO are: “We at Boeing are sorry for the lives lost in the recent 737 MAX accidents. These tragedies continue to weigh heavily on our hearts and minds, and we extend our sympathies to the loved ones of the passengers and crew on board Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. All of us feel the immense gravity of these events across our company and recognize the devastation of the families and friends of the loved ones who perished.”

Dennis Muilenburg acknowledges his empathy with the families, friends and relatives of those who lost their lives in these two accidents.

The Boeing CEO continues: “The full details of what happened in the two accidents will be issued by the government authorities in the final reports, but, with the release of the preliminary report of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 accident investigation, it’s apparent that in both flights the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, known as MCAS, activated in response to erroneous angle of attack information.”

Earlier today, the Ethiopian Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) published its preliminary report on the accident of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302.

Muilenburg says: “We remain confident in the fundamental safety of the 737 MAX. All who fly on it—the passengers, flight attendants and pilots, including our own families and friends—deserve our best. When the MAX returns to the skies with the software changes to the MCAS function, it will be among the safest airplanes ever to fly.”

The Boeing CEO ends his statement with: “Again, we’re deeply saddened by and are sorry for the pain these accidents have caused worldwide. Everyone affected has our deepest sympathies.”

The full statement is available here.

4 April 2019

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