Boeing woes continue as 737 Max crisis deepens

Board ‘to hold emergency meeting’ after reports that company knew of safety issues

The board of US aerospace giant Boeing is expected to meet today after reports released at the weekend suggest the company knew about safety shortcomings in its 737 MAX jet.

Problems with the flight control system have grounded the plane since March with orders being cancelled across the globe. The reports suggest Boeing knew of the issues implicated in two fatal crashes, “some months ago”, the Telegraph reports.

The US Federal Aviation Administration has demanded that Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg give an “immediate” explanation for the delay in turning over the “concerning” document, said Reuters.

Boeing’s troubles began in October last year when the flight system was implicated in the crash of Lion Air flight 610. Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 came down the following March. A total of 356 people died in the two incidents.

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Boeing has maintained that it did not know the system was unsafe, and says it was certified in accordance with the appropriate regulations. It has previously said the jets may not return to service until next year.

The issue is thought to have cost Boeing more than $8 billion (£6.1 bn, €7.2 bn).

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