Boeing Understands ‘Lives Depend’ On Plane Safety, Says CEO

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Boeing Co Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg, facing the biggest crisis of his tenure, said  that the company understands “lives depend on the work we do” and was taking steps to “fully ensure” the safety of the 737 MAX jet in the wake of deadly crashes.

Muilenburg said, a software upgrade for the 737 MAX aircraft that the plane maker started in the wake of October’s deadly Lion Air crash in Indonesia was coming “soon.”

Investigators into the Boeing Co 737 MAX crash in Ethiopia eight days ago have found striking similarities in a vital flight angle with the 737 MAX that came down off Indonesia, a source told Reuters, piling pressure on the world’s biggest plane maker.

The Ethiopian Airlines disaster on March 10 that killed 149 people led to the grounding of Boeing’s marquee MAX fleet globally and sparked a high-stakes inquiry for the aviation industry. 

“Based on facts from the Lion Air Flight 610 accident and emerging data as it becomes available from the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 accident, we’re taking actions to fully ensure the safety of the 737 MAX,” Muilenburg said.

“We also understand and regret the challenges for our customers and the flying public caused by the fleet’s grounding,” he said.

Boeing is fully cooperating with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation and National Transportation Safety board on all issues relating to the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines accidents, he said.