Boeing knew doomed 737-MAX plane was ‘pig with lipstick’ but still let it fly

Boeing knew doomed 737-MAX plane was ‘pig with lipstick’ but still let it fly


It was the final straw for Curtis Ewbank. 

The Boeing flight control engineer had repeatedly raised concerns about the safety of the software on the company’s new 737-MAX airplane they were working on, urging his bosses to implement a back-up system, just like they had done on their Dreamliner model. 

But his appeals fell on deaf ears, his managers citing concerns about the cost implications. Angry and frustrated, Ewbank quit Boeing in 2015 after his manager told him: “People have to die before Boeing will change things.”

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Three years later, on October 29, 2018, fishermen working off the coast of Jakarta, Indonesia, watched in horror as a Lion Air Boeing 737-MAX plowed into the water at 500 miles per hour, killing all

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