Congressman Sires Asks Boeing CEO About Production Pressure at 737 MAX Production Plant
(Washington, D.C.) – At today’s House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee hearing on the tragic Boeing 737 MAX accidents, Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ) asked Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg about allegations that his company’s drive to make money was more important than keeping people safe. Rep. Sires read from an email sent to the general manager of the 737 MAX program in June 2018 – four months before the tragic Lion Air Accident – from a senior manager on the final assembly team for the 737 MAX.
In the email, the senior manager expressed concern that his assembly team is fatigued from having to work at a very high pace for an extended period of time and that increases the likelihood of error. He also expressed concern that the assembly team experienced scheduling pressure that created a culture forcing employees deliberately or unconsciously circumvent established safety processes. “Frankly, right now, all my internal warning bells are going off and for the first time in my life I am sorry to say that I am hesitant about putting my family on a Boeing airplane.” The employee was so concerned that he recommended shutting down production.
“I am concerned that, even after hearing from this senior manager with decades of experience, Boeing did not reduce the production rate at this plant. It should never have come to this. I will work though this Committee to continue investigating and addressing these failures.”