Former high-level Boeing managers and engineers have issued startling warnings for flyers to avoid troubled 737 Max 9 jets as the model once again takes to the skies.
"I would absolutely not fly a Max airplane."
Boeing manager Ed Pierson told the LA times of the model which recently saw a door plug blow out midair on an Alaskan Airlines flight.
“I’ve worked in the factory where they were built, and I saw the pressure employees were under to rush the planes out the door.”
Joe Jacobsen, a former Boeing engineer gave a similar warning, saying it was “premature” for airlines, including Alaska, to have resumed flying the jets.
"I would tell my family and really everyone to avoid the Max”
Jacobsen told the LA Times, claiming that his time at the company made him realize that profits were prioritized over quality control.
Boeing’s planes were temporarily grounded for a federal inspection earlier this month after an Alaska Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing when a section blew out mid-flight — whipping off the shirt of a young passenger.
President and CEO David Calhoun admitted days later that a “quality escape” had occurred, telling employees: “This event can never happen again.”
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