Two top Boeing Co. executives have told US government investigators that the design process for the 737 Max used to be not unsuitable, despite the plane suffering two fatal crashes, according to the Wall Road Publication.
Keith Leverkuhn and Michael Teal, who oversaw the development of the aircraft, didn’t concede any procedural mistakes, according to the article, which cited transcripts of closed-door interviews that will be a part of a government outline to be released this week.
Leverkuhn, who served as the Max program manager from 2013 to 2018, said that the process used to be “right and appropriate,” according to the newspaper. “I do challenge the suggestion that the development used to be a failure,” he said.
The interviews with investigators mark the two men’s first public statements since the jetliner used to be grounded in March 2019. The plane used to be involved in two crashes that killed 346 people after the cockpit flight-control system, MCAS, overpowered pilots and caused fatal nosedives. Dennis Muilenburg used to be pushed out as chief executive officer by the firm’s board in December 2019.
Leverkuhn and Teal told investigators they had signed off on the MCAS system without fully understanding how it worked, the paper said.
Boeing said Leverkuhn and Teal supervised hundreds of engineers and, provided their broad responsibilities, “were not, and could not have been, involved in each design decision” on the aircraft, in a remark to the Wall Road Publication. Boeing also reiterated it has taken steps to toughen its internal procedures.