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  • Profits over people.

    Boeing's safety vs. cost-control culture may be what sent a fatal aircraft into the skies

    ​​​​​​Internal messages and emails from Boeing paint a picture of a profit-focused management culture at the world's largest aircraft manufacturer, where pressure for short-term shareholder returns seems to have overwhelmed safety concerns.

    The revelations are just the latest in a parade of evidence pointing to the decade-long civil-war inside Boeing, pitting its famed "safety culture" against financial performance of the kind that pushes the stock price higher and provides big bonuses for senior executives.

    Longtime Boeing engineer Cynthia Cole, now retired, traces that conflict back to the company's amalgamation with rival McDonnell Douglas in 1997.

    "McDonnell Douglas managers were more cutthroat, and it was all about the bottom line — cut those costs!" she told CBC's The Fifth Estate. "They didn't follow a good capitalist model. They followed greed and putting people in the upper echelon, putting their interest first above the workers and the product and just society as a whole."

    The messages showed a concerted effort by employees, under pressure from their managers, to deceive safety regulators from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in an effort to save money and improve short-term financial performance.

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/boe...fety-1.5426571

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    • Another sign of a rushed product.

      A new software glitch was discovered on Boeing's 737 Max

      ​​​​​​A new software issue has been discovered on the Boeing 737 Max, but the company said Thursday it does not think it will further delay its return to service.

      The company said the issue involves an indicator light staying on longer than intended. The light is associated with the stabilizer trim system, which raises and lowers the plane's nose.
      Boeing said the problem was discovered during flight testing of the 737 Max's updated software. It said the problem was with the inputs into the plane's flight control computers.

      https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/06/busin...are/index.html

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      • You'd think with all the problems that the 737 MAX was experiencing, Boeing would make sure the quality control was top notch.

        Turns out, not so much. If it weren't for the grounding, these planes would have been in service.


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        737 Max: Debris found in new planes' fuel tanks

        ​​​​​​The US plane maker said it discovered so-called "Foreign Object Debris" left inside the wing fuel tanks of several undelivered 737 Maxs.

        A company spokesman told the BBC: "While conducting maintenance we discovered Foreign Object Debris (FOD) in undelivered 737 Max airplanes currently in storage. That finding led to a robust internal investigation and immediate corrective actions in our production system."

        Foreign Object Debris is a technical term that covers any substance, debris or article that isn't part of a plane which would potentially cause damage.

        https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51499777

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