Aerospace & Defense

Boeing CEO to testify at House hearing on 737 Max, his first appearance before lawmakers since two fatal crashes

Key Points
  • Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg will face House lawmakers on Oct. 30.
  • It will be his first appearance at a public hearing since the Boeing 737 Max crashes.
  • The planes have been grounded since mid-March after the two crashes killed a total of 346 people.
Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg speaks during a press conference after the annual shareholders meeting at the Field Museum on April 29, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Boeing announced earnings fell 21 percent in the first quarter after multiple crashes of the company's bestselling plane the 737 Max. (Photo by Jim Young-Pool/Getty Images)
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Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg will testify before House lawmakers next month in what will be his first public hearing since two fatal crashes of the company's popular 737 Max jets.

Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration are facing several investigations and intense scrutiny over the development and approval of the 737 Max two years ago. The planes have been grounded since mid-March after two crashes within five months of one another that claimed 346 lives.

A flight-control system designed to prevent the planes from stalling misfired on both crashed flights: a Lion Air 737 Max in Indonesia last October and an Ethiopian Airlines plane of the same type in March.

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The National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday criticized Boeing for assuming that pilots could handle a flurry of alerts when faced with an emergency, like during the two crashes. The NTSB issued a series of recommendations, including requiring Boeing to factor in the effect of multiple alerts on pilots' ability to handle misfires on the aircraft.

The hearing before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which has held several other hearings on the troubled plane, is scheduled for Oct. 30.

John Hamilton, Boeing's chief engineer for its commercial airplanes business, and Jennifer Henderson, chief 737 pilot, will also appear before the committee.

The announcement comes as Boeing is preparing to submit software fixes for the 737 Max. The FAA hasn't said when it plans to allow the jets to fly again.

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