Boeing CEO apologizes, admits knowing pilot’s warning before second crash

Photo: Sarah Silbiger, Reuters

Boeing’s chief executive attended an emotional congressional hearing and faced the grieving relatives of two deadly crashes of 737 Max jet, Dennis A. Muilenburg was bombarded with questions about the company’s decision on not grounding the plane before the second accident.

Dennis A. Muilenburg, the executive, said that if he could do it over again, referring to the crash off the coast of Indonesia last October, he would have acted after the first crash.

“If we knew everything back then that we know now, we would have made a different decision,” he testified. He explained that Boeing officials asked themselves several times why they did not ground the plane beforehand.

“I think about you and your loved ones every day,” the sympathetic executive told the families, who seen standing behind him were holding photos of the victims.

On this hearing, Muilenburg admitted for the first time that he knew before the second crash, saying a pilot voiced its concerns about the plane while in development. With this admission, it will most likely cause to more questions about the company’s decision on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, on March 10.

The two accidents resulted to 346 deaths and put the company into crisis.

Moreover, the hearing was timed on the anniversary of the crash of Lion Air Flight 610. The executive was asked to address the family victims.

The emotional executive, who was criticized for failing to connect with the families after the crash, opened his remarks apologizing to the families.

“We are sorry, deeply and truly sorry,” he said.