Faulty airliners from Boeing were proven to be unfit to fly with passengers on board, and hundreds of people lost their lives. All of the loved ones who are left behind after all the plane crashes of the Boeing 737s are angry and sick to their stomachs after finding out justice will not be served in their favor. The chief executive officer, Dennis Muilenburg, who was in charge at the time of all the plane crashes, was terminated and sent out the door with $62 million. Under his watch and supervision, he ordered the regulators to keep the planes flying even after they failed mechanical inspections.
Family members of all of the crash victims told reporters they feel “sickened” after receiving the news of Muilenburg’s payout. It takes a heartless person to run a business dealing with people’s lives to cut corners the way he did. It cost something money cannot buy.
In one plane crash that happened with Ethiopian Airlines, where 149 people were killed on March 10 last year, Zipporah Kuria spoke on behalf of his 55-year-old father, who perished. He stated, “Boeing executives should be walking away in handcuffs, not with millions of dollars.”
Kuria continued, “The payment that he has received is a payment that was made with our loved one’s blood. It is chilling that what 346 families have received as support for their loss is almost as much as the man at the heart of their loss will have as a cushy retirement fund.”
In Boeing’s 103 year history, Muilenburg’s termination will forever be known as the most damaging period. The tarnishment of negligence on his watch destroyed the reputation of a company that put two planes in the air, which could have been avoided. A total of 346 people have lost their lives. Both flights were newer versions of Boeing’s 737 passenger jets known as the 737 Max.
The Boeing jets were grounded not after the first crash, but after the second. It took two crashes, which were uncalled for before the company stepped in. Even after the planes were grounded, Muilenburg pressured the U.S. government to allow them to continue flying. The reason is given in explanation as to why the jets crashed were due to a faulty software program that sent bad data to the plane’s sensors. This happened with both plane crashes.
Boeing is still working unresolved legal claims from the victims’ families. They have started a fund with $100 million already in it.
What makes the situation even worse is Muilenburg was not the only top person within Boeing to get fired and receive a payout. Kevin McAllister who was in charge of Boeing’s commercial division and terminated with a payout of $14.7 million.
Many ears perked up when the Boeing 737 crashed during the Iranian attack on Iraq’s bases, which housed American troops. The first speculation went straight to the mechanical system, which might have caused the crash. It was later announced by officials from Ukraine, Canada, and the U.S. that the evidence showed it was shot down by Iranian missiles. Boeing was cleared from the blame, but the tragedy happened just the same as all on board the plane perished.
So what really made everyone heartsick adding insult to injury was Muilenburg as one person, ended up with almost the same amount of money as the victims’ families were paid out. It was stated, Muilenburg had more money coming to him, which he forfeited at $14.6 million in severance pay and additional stock options in value of $18.5 million. This is more money than the families received altogether.
Mike Friedman, Boeing’s spokesman, put out this statement, “We are truly sorry and offer our deepest sympathies to the families and friends who lost loved ones in the accidents of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. We know we have a deep responsibility to everyone who flies on our airplanes, and we are taking action to strengthen our culture at every level and ensure safety, quality, and integrity are always placed above all else.”
The only form of remorse Muilenburg showed was when he posted a video on Boeing’s website a month after the plane crashes, where he said, “We at Boeing are sorry for the lives lost in the recent 737 Max accidents. I cannot remember a more heart-wrenching time in my career with this great company.” He will have to live with this forever.