Engineer Claims Boeing Prioritized Cost Over Safety During 737 MAX Development

A Boeing 737 Max Takes off from Seattle

A senior Boeing engineer has accused the aircraft manufacturer of cutting corners during the development of the troubled 737 MAX jet, alleging the company decided against a safety system to minimize costs.

According to The New York Times, Boeing sent the internal ethics complaint, which was filed this year, to the Department of Justice as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into the aircraft’s design in the wake of two fatal crashes, the second of which prompted the grounding of the aircraft in March.

The aforementioned anonymous former senior Boeing employee stood behind Ewbank’s claims, confirming that executives discussed the system but ultimately deemed it too difficult given the 737 MAX’s tight development schedule.

Collected and summarized from the source below by Minh Pham