Boeing Co fires CEO Dennis Muilenburg as the world's biggest planemaker seeks to control an escalating crisis that has seen it halt production of its best-selling 737 MAX jetliner following two fatal crashes.
The hearing took place exactly one year after a 737 Max crashed off the coast of Indonesia and more than seven months after a second crash in Ethiopia. In all, 346 people died.
Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg, who has repeatedly rejected suggestions of a design flaw in the 737 MAX, acknowledged implementation shortcomings.
A Reuters poll shows people are not familiar with airplane crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia and are more concerned with ticket prices when they choose an airline.
Muilenburg said Boeing followed the same design and certification process it has always used and denied that the MAX was rushed to market. He said he would not resign, and left a press conference as reporters peppered him with questions.
Boing said it was updating software to address how the aircraft's flight control system MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System) responds to erroneous sensor inputs.
The US planemaker said it had more than 240 orders and commitments from at least 10 customers for the new 737 MAX 10. President Emmanuel Macron flew into Paris on an Airbus A400M military transporter to open the world's biggest air show.
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