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Pilots sue Boeing over MAX 737, knowingly put profits ahead of safety

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Boeing MAX 737 shown on takeoff with "Defective 737's?" highlighted in left corner of picture

The grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX passenger jet is far from the latest news.

The company is being sued by 400 pilots "trained to fly the fourth-generation narrow-body 737 MAX aircraft. They accuse the Chicago-based aviation corporation of hushing known concerns about the glitch-ridden equipment installed in the jets." [1]

The suit involves "the inherently dangerous aerodynamic handling defects...designed to prevent the plane from stalling."

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Apparently the plane is equipped with two sets of sensors and if they don't match the pilots are notified of the discrepancy.

Only for them "to work properly, an optional set of indicators needs to be installed on the plane, and only 20 per cent of the 737 MAX jets had them. Boeing recently admitted that it knew of the problem since at least 2017, but did not notify the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) until after the Lion Air flight with 189 people aboard crashed in Indonesia last October. Moreover, it did not plan to update the software until 2020."

The lawsuit says, "Boeing engaged in an unprecedented cover-up of the known design flaws of the MAX 737. The pilots accuse Boeing of providing little instruction of how to handle the anti-stalling feature which is only briefly mentioned in flight manuals. They allege that such a casual approach to familiarizing pilots with new software was deliberate-and was meant to save the cost of introducing new-simulator-based training so that the pilots would take-up revenue-generating routes as quickly as possible."

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They accuse "Boeing and other plane manufacturers from placing corporate profits ahead of the lives of the pilots, crews and general public they service."

Isn't that at the heart of this whole MAX 737 episode? Of course it is. It's certainly become the way for aircraft manufacturers in the US.

This writers previous article, "The F-35, Design flaws mean plane might suddenly tumble out of control and crash", OPEDNEWS, June 17, 2019, the author cited some of the flaws in Lockheed Martin's F-35, particularly if the fighter "has to climb at a steep angle in order to dodge an enemy attack, design flaws mean the plane might suddenly tumble out of control and crash". Sound familiar to Boeing's 737 MAX?

As with Boeing, Lockheed knew of the design flaws-and in their case so did the American military-but that hasn't stopped the manufacturer or the military from mass producing the F-35 which is supposed to happen by the end of this year.

Probably being in the American military prevents pilots of the F-35 from bringing a similar lawsuit against Lockheed Martin.

Even so Lockheed Martin as well as Boeing's knew of the flaws in their planes yet chose to go ahead anyway putting profits ahead of safety. Such practices has become the American way of corporate behemoths doing business-which of course isn't confined to the American airplane manufacturers.

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Sadly it's become endemic with all big corporate America.

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Boeing's CEO should be prosecuted for mass murder, or, at the very least, negligent homicide.

Boeing tried to cheat aerodynamics and physics with software all in the name of profit to compete with Airbus. The problem is that physics always wins.

I urge everyone to take this poll on the MAX:

If The Boeing 737 MAX Returns To The Skies, Will You Fly On It?

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