New scrutiny as Boeing admits it knew early on about cockpit flaw

The airplane maker has been excoriated for failing to warn airlines about a specific indicator, which some say might have prevented two 737 Max crashes. It’s deflecting blame to a vendor.

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Boeing’s failure to disclose a safety flaw in its 737 Max aircraft has many demanding answers about two crashes that killed 346 people.

The extreme scrutiny—from airlines, passengers, journalists, investors and investigators—follows reports of Boeing’s poor management and oversight, flawed safety processes and concerned employees who were silenced when they voiced concerns.

The aircraft manufacturer must explain why it didn’t tell airlines about a flaw in a cockpit indicator that the company discovered in 2017. It revealed the mistake only after the first 737 Max crash—which occurred the following year.

NPR reported:

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