Boeing’s Board of Directors is likely to call for safety changes at the company in the wake of the two 737 MAX crashes that have grounded the aircraft and dramatically impacted production. A subcommittee of the Board has been investigating the company over the last five months and is scheduled to deliver recommendations to the full Board this week.
Press reports indicate that changes to the organizational structure, with different reporting mechanisms for engineers to eliminate potential undue financial pressures influencing decisions as well as potential changes to future aircraft cockpits to enable pilots with less training to safety fly airplanes.
The recommendations include having aircraft engineers report to the chief engineer rather than business unit leaders, and establishing a new safety group that will work across the company. It is likely that recommendations will also include improving communication between Boeing Commercial Aircraft in Seattle with the corporate office in Chicago.
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