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Ed Clark, vice chairman of Boeing and basic supervisor of the 737 MAX program, is leaving, after repeated incidents on the plane he supervised. The group additionally introduced on Wednesday a reorganization of the administration of its civil aviation department.

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Faced with the common issues noticed on its 737 MAX program, the American plane producer Boeing introduced on Wednesday February 21 the departure of this system supervisor and a reorganization of the administration of its civil aviation department.

In a letter despatched by the overall director of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA), Stanley Deal, to the group's staff, which AFP was in a position to seek the advice of, the group introduced the departure of Ed Clark, vice-president and basic supervisor of the 737 program, after “nearly 18 years of dedicated service to Boeing”. He was additionally head of the Renton manufacturing facility, not removed from the group's historic headquarters in Seattle (northwest).

Katie Ringgold, at the moment vice chairman in command of 737 supply operations, will succeed Ed Clark. The group additionally introduced a reorganization of BCA's administration, together with the appointment of Elizabeth Lund as vice-president in command of high quality.

Missing bolts

The firm remains to be affected by the incident that occurred in January when a door got here off the cabin of a 737 MAX 9 throughout a flight with Alaska Airlines, departing from Portland (Oregon within the United States) . The incident induced just a few minor accidents.

After the incident, the American Civil Aviation Regulatory Agency (FAA) suspended 171 of the 218 737 MAX 9 planes already delivered from flight. A preliminary report from the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that 4 bolts alleged to safe the door had been lacking.

The 737 MAX had been grounded for nearly two years after the crashes of two plane, the primary, on the finish of 2018, of the Indonesian firm Lion Air, the second, at first of 2019, of the Ethiopian firm Ethiopian Airlines, leading to greater than 350 useless. In each instances, an issue with new software program was the reason for the crashes.

With AFP