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A crash in Ethiopia could have been prevented if Boeing had taken us seriously, the pilot union said



Dennis Tajer, spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association – an association of pilots from American Airlines – told CNN Business that Boeing has "a poisoned, diseased philosophy" for a global company.

"Shame on you … we'll alert you," Tajer said.

Boeing did not comment on the union's position early Thursday morning.

In recent weeks, both CEOs of Boeing and the acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration have stated that the actions of the pilots were partly responsible for the recent crashes of Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines. Both aircraft were Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.

Tajer referred instead to Boeing's software, to which he said that the American Airlines pilots had expressed concerns at a meeting with the company in November 201

7. The meeting took place several weeks after the crash of Lion Air, but months before the crash of Ethiopian Airlines.

Tajer said that the crash of Ethiopian Airlines would be likely if Boeing had prevented the pilots' suggestions being taken up.

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"They had wired the thing so that it was not recoverable," Tajer said. "It just blew us away."

During the meeting, American Airlines pilots made suggestions, including a way to turn off MCAS and add an attack angle for all aircraft that did not match the warning, he said. Tajer said Boeing had rejected the concerns.

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The changes will be part of a new software update Tajer This was reported by the FAA, but was not implemented before the crash in Ethiopia.

Last month, the FAA announced that it would put all Boeing 737 Max aircraft on the ground after finding similarities between the crash in Ethiopia and the Lion Air crash six months earlier.

Boeing made a statement at that time, according to which the temporary global attitude of the entire 737 Max fleet would be recommended.

On Thursday, FAA representatives will meet with aviation delegates from eight nations and the European Union in Fort Worth, Texas. Dan Elwell, FAA's acting administrator, said the United States was the first to certify the 737 Max for the flight, but he did not say when it would.

CNN's Patricia DiCarlo, Drew Griffin, Curt Devine and Aaron Cooper contributed to this report.


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