A whistleblower has come forward with very serious accusations about Boeing’s decision processes regarding safety in the development of the 737 MAX. Dominic Gates of the Seattle Times wrote a riveting story this week, revealing a whistleblower complaint that Boeing management focused on cost and expediency rather than safety during the development of the 737 MAX.
After the second crash of the MAX, an engineer at Boeing submitted an ethics complaint that alleges that management blocked significant safety improvements during development in order to keep down costs for airline customers.
Boeing’s corporate culture is criticized in the ethics complaint and the whistleblower paints an environment of fear and intimidation for those who disagree with management. The complaint also challenges whether “the long-held imperative that safety must be the overarching priority was compromised on the MAX by business considerations and management’s focus on schedule and cost.”
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