Several Boeing executives to step down following safety incidents

 March 25, 2024

According to Breitbart, several high-level figures are stepping down at Boeing following a series of bombshell safety debacles.  

One of them is chief executive Dave Calhoun, who Boeing announced on Monday will depart from his position by the end of the year.

Other company officials will also be replaced

"The eyes of the world are on us, and I know that we will come through this moment a better company," the outgoing CEO was quoted as saying in a statement.

Breitbart noted that he replaced Dennis Muilenburg four years ago in the wake of two Max 8 jet crashes in 2018 and 2019 which claimed the lives of 346.

Calhoun is not alone in being on the way out, as Boeing chairman Larry Kellner is leaving too. He is to be replaced by  former Qualcomm chief executive Steve Mollenkopf, who will be tasked with finding a replacement for Calhoun.

What's more, Boeing commercial airplane division head Stan Deal is going as well. Deal place will be taken by Boeing chief operating officer Stephanie Pope.

Boeing jet lost its nose wheel shortly after takeoff

NBC News revealed in January that a Delta Airlines Boeing 757 bound for Colombia with 178 people on board was forced to abort its flight after a nose wheel fell off at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

The network cited an incident report from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) which explained how the wheel "came off and rolled down the hill."

"Delta Flight 982 ATL/BOG was taxiing for departure when a nose gear tire came loose from the landing gear," Delta Airlines was quoted as saying in a statement.

"All customers and their bags were removed from the aircraft, transferred to the gate and onto a replacement aircraft. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience," the airline continued, adding that its plane returned to service the following day.

Door panel blew off at 16,000 feet

Meanwhile, Fox News reported last month that an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 9 saw its plug door panel fly off at an altitude of 16,000 feet.

Although the craft was able to make a safe landing, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Jennifer Homendy said the situation could have been much worse.

"If we think about a cruise altitude of about 30,000 or 35,000 feet, what is happening at that time?" Homendy told Fox News host Neil Cavuto.

"Flight attendants are providing service to the passengers. Passengers are up and moving. People are out of their seat belts. People are in lavatories. That would have been a much different scenario," she stated.

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