BLUMENTHAL & MARKEY CALL ON BOEING TO COME CLEAN & FULLY COOPERATE WITH INTERNATIONAL AIR SAFETY REGULATORS
[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) wrote today to Boeing CEO, President, and Chairman Dennis Muilenburg to urge “full and transparent cooperation with international air-safety authorities” as the company attempts to bring its grounded 737 MAX aircraft back online. The senators’ letter follows recent reporting by The Wall Street Journal that an August meeting between Boeing and air-safety regulators from the United States, Europe, Brazil, and elsewhere ended prematurely because of the regulators’ frustrations at the company’s inability to provide technical details and answer specific questions about modifications and software updates to its 737 MAX aircraft, which have been grounded since March 2019.
“If Boeing’s intention is to convince the international community that MAX aircraft are safe to operate in our skies again, this recent demonstration of evasiveness is not only startling, but also contradictory,” wrote the senators. “We strongly encourage Boeing to comply with all standards and conditions set by international regulators, and we expect detailed, precise, and translucent responses to requests for information throughout the process in the future.”
The full text of today’s letter is copied below and available here.
September 9, 2019