Congressman Sires Questions FAA Leadership and Former Boeing Employee About Production Oversight of Boeing’s 737 MAX Aircraft
(Washington, D.C.) – At today’s House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee hearing on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) aircraft certification process, Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ) questioned FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson on the agency’s failure to follow up on reports of Boeing rushing production of its 737 MAX model.
Rep. Sires pointed out to the Administrator that the FAA had been contacted by attorneys representing Ed Pierson, who oversaw a portion of the 737 MAX final assembly in Washington State, three times in September 2019 to express serious concerns about the “chaotic and rapidly deteriorating factory conditions” that he witnessed at that production facility. Rep. Sires had Administrator Dickson commit his agency to investigate Mr. Pierson’s concerns to ensure the public’s safety.
Rep. Sires also spoke to Mr. Pierson, who attended the hearing later in the day. The Congressman thanked Mr. Pierson for stepping forward and asked if the production and assembly pressures that employees at Boeing’s 737 MAX factory faced were unique to that aircraft, or if it was an endemic to all of Boeing’s factory processes. Rep. Sires expressed his commitment to have the Committee follow up on Administrator Dickson’s commitment to investigate Mr. Pierson’s concerns.
“As a member of this Committee, the flying public’s safety is among my top concerns. I am encouraged by Administrator Dickson’s commitment to investigate allegations of Boeing foregoing safety for the sake of profit, and I will continue playing a role in this Committee’s investigation of the 737 MAX.”