From what I can see, no one is investigating Boeing for possible criminal negligence now two of its flagship planes have crashed within 5 months.
From what has been published so far, it seems that
- Trouble came from a faulty sensor giving wrong information to the automatic pilot, even when the plane is manually flown, made the plane nose-dive.
- These problems have been reported several times but Boeing did nothing with it.
- Even a complete crash didn’t prompt action by Boeing.
- It was working on a software update but all was supposedly OK.
- Pilots were also poorly trained for the new planes and not updated on this problem and what to do if it would occur.
- A worldwide ban on their showpiece plane was needed to ground it.
- The US was the last country to admit that the airbus can’t be safe and should be grounded until Boeing’s investigation yields results.
- Throughout, Boeing kept claiming its cash cow planes are safe.
- The US Federal Aviation Administration has been reported to have been too under-funded and under-staffed to properly inspect.
- Reuter reports that the FAA and Boeing are putting intense pressure on the Ethiopian authorities, no doubt “to get to the right conclusions.” They are questioning Ethiopian honesty – I’m not kidding.
- Almost 350 people died in two crashes.
- Greed seems an obvious cause of hundreds dying.
This sounds like criminal negligence to me. Police should investigate and prosecutors should decide on prosecution of people in charge. I don’t find any news report that the police has even begun questioning anyone.
Is too much money involved? Are the rich exempt from scrutiny again? Yet another case of some being more equal than others for US justice? Why are the media not speaking up about this apparent protectionism? Are they again too distracted by the circus of Trump’s verbal scandals?
Boeing is investigating and the FAA is awaiting the results. More than anything, they should be investigated. Pilots are making a fist too.
Boeing’s best planes are down and so is my trust in what’s going on. Proactive US parliamentary, police and press scrutiny are called for.