More than a week after the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 crash, Dennis Muilenburg, Chairman and CEO of Boeing, broke his silence.
Boeing’s boss issued a statement about the report by Dagmawit Moges, Ethiopia’s Minister of Transport.
“First and foremost, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of passengers on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. Boeing continues to assist investigators and is working with the authorities to assess the new information before it,” the statement said.
He added: “When we design, build and maintain our aircraft, safety and security are our top priority. As part of the systematically implemented provisions in the event of an accident, we review the design and operation of our aircraft and, if necessary, update our products to further improve their safety and security”.
“As investigators continue to work toward final conclusions, Boeing is finalizing the development of a previously announced software update and revising pilot training on the behavior of the system’s flight control law. MCAS on receipt of erroneous data from the sensors. We also continue to provide technical assistance at the request and under the direction of the US Transportation Safety Agency, official representative of the United States to Ethiopian investigators,” the statement said.
“In accordance with the international protocol, all inquiries concerning the investigation of this accident must be addressed to the authorities in charge of the investigation,” the statement concluded.
The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737, which was on a scheduled flight to Nairobi, crashed 6 minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa airport near Bishoftu, 60 km from the capital, the report said.
There were 33 different nationalities aboard the plane according to the authorities. None of the 149 passengers and 8 crew members on board survived the crash. Two Moroccans lost their lives.