New Internal Boeing Documents Show Employees Downplayed Safety Issues with 737 MAX 8

Boeing released internal documents going back to 2013 showing that some in the company did not prioritize safety when designing and building the embattled 737 MAX 8 aircraft, Boeing's best-selling plane.
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Boeing released internal documents that show a 'cavalier' attitude toward safety issues for the 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

Boeing employees displayed 'cavalier' attitude toward safety in newly released internal Boeing documents

In a new report from the Wall Street Journal, internal Boeing documents show a "cavalier" attitude toward safety in the development of Boeing's 737 MAX 8 aircraft, which crashed twice in less than six months and has been grounded since March of last year.


In the newly released documents, employees are seen persuading their superiors at Boeing and government regulators -- and in some cases apparently tricking them -- into believing that additional flight simulator training wasn't required by pilots to fly the 737 MAX 8 aircraft if they were already qualified to fly earlier 737 model aircraft.

The 150 pages of internal documents were given to federal prosecutors several months ago, according to the report, and the company indicated that it sent these documents to congressional committees beginning toward the middle of December.

The report said that the FAA hasn't seen any safety issues in the documents that haven't already been previously identified.

The documents range from 2013, when the plane was still in the development stage, and as late as 2018, when the company was developing flight simulators for the aircraft. They were made public on Thursday, days after the company said it would now recommend additional flight simulator training for pilots before they flew the 737 MAX 8 once the aircraft is cleared to fly again by federal regulators.

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