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Boeing Employees Mocked FAA In Internal Messages Before 737 Max Disasters


Grounded Boeing 737 Max airplanes crowd a parking area in Seattle in June.

Grounded Boeing 737 Max airplanes crowd a parking area in Seattle in June.

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The latest documents Boeing has released related to the design and certification of the 737 Max paint a dark picture of employee reactions to problems that came up during the development of the now-grounded airliners.

The documents include emails and internal communications. In one message, employees mock the Federal Aviation Administration and brag about getting regulators to approve the jets without requiring much additional pilot training.

In another document, an employee ridicules colleagues involved in the development of the troubled plane, saying “this airplane is designed by clowns who in turn are supervised by monkeys.”

Crashes of 737 Max in 2018 and 2019 killed a total of 346 people.

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