Boeing 737 Problems

By: Raaghav Bhardwaj

MarketWatch

 The infamous Boeing 737 Max is known for its multiple accidents caused by problems in the plane. Now Ed Pierson who was a senior manager at the 737 factory believes that the production problems may have contributed to the two horrific crashes. One crash on October 29th, 2018 and another on March 10, 2019. Pierson will tell his story to Congress on December 11th, Wednesday. Now Pierson states that the 737 Max workers were overworked and a plethora of mistakes occurred in the process. Tools and parts went missing which slowed down the plane construction process and can result in Boeing being in big trouble due to the way they manufactured the 737 Max.

Employees at the Renton factory were overworked because of a shortage in engineers. Mr. Pierson stated, ”And for the first time in my life, I’m sorry to say that I’m hesitant about putting my family on a Boeing airplane.” Pierson even suggested to shut down Max production last year. Even after Pierson warned the company, Boeing continued to mass produce these planes. The 737 Max crashes killed a total of 346 people. The 737 Max’s crashes were caused by the Automated Flight System known as the Maneuvering Control Augmentation System which caused pilots to lose control of the plane. A vane installed on the plane’s fuselage malfunctioned causing the plane to crash.  In an interview, Pierson stated that there were 13 instances when the plane had issues with hydraulics and engine shutdowns.Pierson left Boeing in August of 2018 because he was uncomfortable with the working conditions at Boeing. “Frankly right now all my internal warning bells are going off,” Mr. Pierson said. 

Pierson believes that these accidents happened due to the production problems in the early stages. Pierson also says that these accidents could have been prevented if the factory conditions were more closely looked at. When Pierson went to the Boeing Chief Executive, Dennis A. Muilenburg, to address his concerns, no actions were taken in response. In an interview, Pierson stated that there were 13 instances when the plane had issues with hydraulics and engine shutdowns.

Despite all these occurrences, the 737 Max was still approved to fly. Even after Pierson expressed his concerns with Boeing, they were passed by. Pierson sent multiple emails to the head of the 737 Max program. This lead to 2 fatal crashes totaling a death count of 346. The government is currently investigating this situation in court and have held Pierson for a hearing. Boeing may be in serious trouble due to ignoring the complaints of Mr. Pierson and may face further governmental consequences