March 22, I wrote that it seemed high time that someone will begin to speak truth to power to Boeing about two seemingly unnecessary plane crashes that cost hundreds of people their lives. As far as I can see, nothing has happened.
The Times of Israel just ran an AP report that still treats Boeing with kid gloves. Not one critical question is asked. And an “admission of failure” comes about an inconsequential warning light that dysfunctioned.
What is needed is a frank statement by Boeing that not only did unworthy software down two large 737 Max jets but also — and worse — that these problems were already known but kept silent — for pilots, aviation inspectors and the public, even after the first crash.
Worse is that just hours before the above report, a Times of Israel reporter filed that another Boeing plane (the 787 Dreamliner) has trouble. And again, Boeing is soothing and less than forthcoming.
There is something very interesting about integrity. Most people can detect it. And here it’s missing. That signals a terrible culture at the top of the flagship US plane maker that should be confronted head-on.
Is then nothing holy anymore but making money? Is there no shame any longer? The ugly face of naked Capitalism doesn’t need hiding anymore?
The whole cause of the crashes was that making profit went before any other consideration. And apparently, that’s still the case. Accepting responsibility costs money. So, public relation fairy-tales are spun to replace the plain simple truth. Way not to go, Boeing.
Post-WW II Germany shows that real pride comes not from hiding the ugly past but rather from disavowing it. There can be rehabilitation. But not for those who continue to lie and play innocent.
Why is everyone dragging their feet instead of hold Boeing’s feet to the fire? Why are no arrests made? Where is the FBI? The FAA? Congress?