Families of Ethiopian 737 MAX Crash: ‘Strip Boeing’s Ability to Certify Aircraft’

October 20, 2021

The families of passengers who were killed in Ethiopian Flight 302 in 2019 are petitioning the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to strip Boeing, the builder of the 737 MAX plane in crash, of their ability to certify aircraft.

The families are asking DOT officials, including Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and DOT Administrator Stephen Dickson, to withdraw Boeing’s ability to certify its aircraft because “it has become clear that Boeing is not a company that can be trusted with the public safety responsibilities conferred by the ODA,” according to their petition to the DOT dated Oct. 19, 2021.
The petition cites 15 reasons why Boeing misconduct requires the FAA to terminate Boeing’s ODA including the company’s “deceiving the FAA” about the methods the MAX aircraft operated “by way of misleading statements, half-truths and omissions,” creating “an ODA culture that applies undue pressure to engineering personnel so they are not able to exercise independent judgment free from organisational conflicts of interest,” and “failing to insulate the ODA from Boeing’s profit motives.”
Chris Moore of Toronto, Canada, and father of Danielle Moore, 24, who was killed in the crash, said, “The ODA process is based on faith in the organisation given the authority to certify the product.  This same organisation rakes in over $1 billion revenue weekly; the CEOs and directors award themselves bonuses for improved quarterly gains. However, the ODA process has a weak qualification process that does not require professional engineers to meet the criteria, no code of ethics and a faulty whistle-blower process largely due to conflicted officials.  How can we have confidence in safety?

Last week, a federal court indicted former Boeing test pilot Mark Forkner on multiple counts of lying to the FAA during the certification process of the 737 MAX.

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