Update: Boeing announced the exit of CEO Dennis Muelbenberg this morning.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Stephen Dixon explicitly reprimanded Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muelbenberg for pushing the agency to allow the 737MAX aircraft to fly, according to press reports.
Muilenburg faced bitter criticism this year when Boeing 737 MAX planes have been ground-up since mid-March, after two crashes in Indonesia and 346 people killed.
A week ago, the aircraft manufacturer said it would temporarily halt production of the 737 MAX jet in January,0 “Citing the extension of certification in 2020.0 The move put additional pressure on suppliers and airlines counting on new aircraft.
Last week, in a private meeting, Dixon reportedly asked the Boeing boss not to ask for any favors and said the aircraft manufacturer should focus on providing paperwork to improve the aircraft’s software , the New York Times reports. The FAA did not immediately respond to Baron’s request for comment.
It is believed that the software was partly guilty of two accidents. Boeing’s augmentation system of maneuver characteristics was designed to offset the jet’s tendency to top its nose. The system is believed to be malfunctioning during both flights, and pilots were not able to override it, which is a possible cause for planes crashing.
Boeing is suffering financially from its 400 ground jetts. Despite the expected losses, the company has said that it will not keep any workers. However, there is reason for some optimism. The group is important to the US economy, so it’s likely that the government will help it back to stability, but only after the FAA clears the ground jet to fly again.