Boeing employees mocked federal rules, deceived regulators and joked about potential flaws in the 737 Max as it was being developed, according to fresh report handed to congressional investigators.
The most damaging messages included conversations among Boeing pilots and other employees about software issues and other problems with flight simulators for the Max, a plane involved in two accidents; 2018 and early last year, killing hundreds of people including Kenyans.
“I still haven’t been forgiven by God for the covering up I did last year,” one of the employees said in messages from 2018.
“Would you put your family on a Max simulator trained aircraft? I wouldn’t,” one employee said to a colleague in another exchange from 2018, before the first crash. “No,” another employee hinted.
Just days ago a Ukrainian Boeing was shot down by Iran, killing all 176 people on board.
Manuel von Ribbeck of Ribbeck Law Chartered, who is representing over 80 families of the Boeing 737 MAX crashes -JT610 and ET302, stated that “our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the passengers and crew who lost their lives in the crash of Ukraine International Airlines flight 752. We hope for a prompt identification of the bodies and return to their love ones.”
There is still no indication when the Max might be cleared to fly again, as the company and regulators continue to discover new potential flaws with the plane.
The messages threaten to further complicate Boeing’s tense relationship with the F.A.A. Both the company and agency indicated.
Thursday that the messages raised no new safety concerns, but they echoed troubling internal communications among Boeing employees that were previously made public.
In several instances, Boeing employees insulted the F.A.A. officials reviewing the plane.
In an exchange from 2015, a Boeing employee said that a presentation the company gave to the F.A.A. was so complicated that, for the agency officials and even himself, “it was like dogs watching TV.”
Ribbeck law had previously expressed optimism that Boeing which now has a new CEO, was on the mend.