House report on Boeing 737 Max crashes: Corporate criminality, FAA complicity, but no accountability
By Barry Grey, 17 September 2020
Despite the incriminating evidence, the Democrats propose no actions to hold either Boeing or the FAA accountable for the deaths of 346 men, women and children.
“It’s back to the way it was before I made things public,” says whistleblower
By Steve Filips, 2 July 2020
Even as the pandemic continues to surge, airlines continue to push for increased flights. American Airlines has resumed booking its flights to capacity on July 1. United Airlines, which never blocked out seats or limited capacity, will be adding 25,000 flights in August.
By Bryan Dyne, 30 June 2020
Not a single corporate executive or regulatory official has been prosecuted for the two crashes that cost 346 lives.
By Steve Filips, 25 May 2020
Airline workers face likely mass job cuts after September when the federal ban on layoffs tied to bailout money expires.
By Bryan Dyne, 27 March 2020
The top executives who oversaw the cost-cutting, layoffs and cover-ups that resulted in two crashes and the deaths of 346 people are being rewarded with billions in taxpayer money.
By Steve Filips, 25 March 2020
Holding the jobs of 750,000 airline workers for ransom, the group, representing ten major US airlines, threatened that they will be “forced to take draconian measures” unless the funds are disbursed “immediately.”
By Hector Cordon, 24 March 2020
Two weeks after the first emergence of a coronavirus infection in its Everett, Washington, plant, Boeing has shut down production in the region.
By Bryan Dyne, 26 February 2020
Feinberg’s career as Wall Street’s preeminent “fixer” began when he minimized the payouts Dow and Monsanto made to victims of Agent Orange during and after the Vietnam War.
By Steve Filips, 31 January 2020
American Airlines and four unions are in contract negotiations over health care, retirement benefits, and scheduling issues.
By Bryan Dyne, 23 January 2020
A pittance has been provided to the 346 families who lost loved ones in the two Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes, even as major financial institutions are moving to provide billions of dollars to prop up the aerospace giant.
By Tom Carter, 17 January 2020
“I am confident that these uniforms are affecting many thousands of people,” lead attorney Bruce A. Maxwell told the World Socialist Web Site.
By Bryan Dyne, 8 January 2020
The airplane manufacturer’s reversal highlights its culpability in previously opposing simulator training, even after two deadly crashes of 737 Max commercial jets that took a combined total of 346 lives.
By Bryan Dyne, 23 December 2019
No Boeing executives or Federal Aviation Administration officials have yet been charged, let alone prosecuted, for the two.
By Bryan Dyne, 31 October 2019
At House and Senate hearings this week, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg acknowledged that he knew of the dangers of the 737 Max 8, yet not a single congressman or senator suggested that he should be criminally prosecuted.
By Bryan Dyne, 21 October 2019
Internal messages leaked last week again highlight the drive by Boeing to secure short-term profits at the expense of human lives.
By Bryan Dyne, 5 August 2019
The Federal Aviation Administration kept Boeing’s dangerous 737 Max 8 flying to protect the profits of the aerospace giant.
By Bryan Dyne, 29 July 2019
The investigative report in the New York Times comes only days after the aerospace giant announced that it was considering halting production of the deadly aircraft.
By Kayla Costa, 4 July 2019
Catering workers confront not only the airline corporations but UNITE-HERE and other unions that have forced them to accept poverty level wages.
By Bryan Dyne, 3 July 2019
These revelations come alongside reports that the production of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is also under investigation.
By Brian Brown and Tom Hall, 12 June 2019
Rashes, burning throats and eyes, and other symptoms have been reported by thousands of flight attendants following the introduction of new uniforms at several US airlines.
After two crashes that killed 346 people
By Bryan Dyne, 4 June 2019
The aerospace giant is brazenly putting profits before people even as its CEO admits that the company did not correctly implement the installation of MCAS anti-stall software.
By Trévon Austin, 20 May 2019
While neither the carriers nor the pilots had been informed of the existence of a new anti-stall system, Federal Aviation Administration officials are trying to scapegoat those pilots who died trying to overcome the airplane's design flaws .
“Why did Boeing make it like that? Pure negligence and greed. There is simply no other answer.”
By Bryan Dyne, 20 April 2019
Rytis Beresnevičius has closely followed the two recent Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes and the engineering, executive and regulatory decisions that led to these disasters.
By Barry Grey, 6 April 2019
Muilenberg’s praise for the gutting of government oversight points to the subordination of safety concerns to profit and the transformation of regulatory agencies into rubber stamps for the corporations.
By Kevin Reed, 5 April 2019
The preliminary report by the Ethiopian Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau shows that a faulty angle-of-attack sensor was behind the crash on March 10 that killed 157 passengers and crew.
By Bryan Dyne, 21 March 2019
In the wake of two deadly airplane crashes, it has become clear that Boeing subordinated considerations of safety to the dictates of profit and market share.
No training for pilots on new automated system
By Trévon Austin, 18 March 2019
Southwest pilots union official: “They were building the airplane and still designing it.”
By Dan Conway, 15 March 2019
The planes were finally grounded in the US on Wednesday after the FAA repeatedly assured the public that they were safe to fly.
By Barry Grey, 14 March 2019
The position of Boeing and the US carriers, backed by the Federal Aviation Administration, that the planes were perfectly safe had become untenable.
Profits over people
By Barry Grey, 13 March 2019
There are immense financial interests bound up with the profitability and stock price of Boeing that far outweigh the danger of more destruction of human life and suffering for victims’ friends and family.
Flight attendant paralyzed after Delta ordered flight through tropical storm
By Tom Hall, 14 February 2019
Jane’s condition has been made significantly worse by lengthy delays in treatment caused by Delta’s workers’ compensation administrator, Sedgwick.
Delta planted GPS tracker in car of disabled flight attendant
By Tom Hall, 13 February 2019
In order to “prove” their case against injured flight attendant Ashley, Delta hired private investigators to spy on her, a common practice in workers’ comp cases.
Injured flight attendants speak to the WSWS
By Tom Hall, 12 February 2019
Several seriously injured Delta Airlines flight attendants recently spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about the hellish ordeal confronting workers who seek assistance through the company’s workers’ compensation system.
By Alec Andersen, 14 August 2018
Asked why he stole the plane, Russell told air traffic controllers, “Minimum wage, we'll chalk it up to that. Maybe that will grease some gears a little bit with the higher-ups.”
By Alec Andersen, 21 April 2018
Southwest Airlines has pushed back against inspection directives even as mechanics have reportedly raised numerous safety concerns which have been dismissed by the airline.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 January 2018
The chaos produced by a one-day snow storm has laid bare the disastrous state of social infrastructure in the capital of America’s financial oligarchy.
By Patrick Martin, 6 June 2017
The plan combines elements proposed by Republican and Democratic administrations over three decades, going back to the attack on the air traffic controllers union in 1981.
By Marcus Day, 14 April 2017
The 69-year-old doctor violently dragged off a United Airlines flight last Sunday sustained serious injuries, including a broken nose and the loss of several teeth.
By Eric London, 12 April 2017
The beating of the 69-year-old doctor is a brutal outcome of decades of deregulation, monopolization and financialization in the airline industry.
By Shannon Jones, 9 August 2016
The chaos is a product of the absurdity of the capitalist profit system, where four major airlines and about a dozen smaller rivals compete for air service in the US.
By Shannon Jones, 25 June 2016
With the airline recording massive profits, pilots are seeking to recoup concessions including average pay cuts of over 40 percent.
By Alan Whyte, 24 July 2015
A planned strike of 1,200 poorly paid New York City airport workers was called off after a deal was reached with the SEIU to achieve “labor peace.”
By Gabriel Black, 11 July 2015
The evidence shows that airlines are deliberately stopping expansion in order to limit seats on airline flights, which is driving up prices for customers and restraining competition.
By Angelo Bosworth and Hector Cordon, 11 December 2014
Ken Otto died Sunday due to injuries suffered while working on a Boeing jet in November
By James Brewer, 5 April 2011
A huge tear in the fuselage of a Southwest Airlines plane forced an emergency landing, endangering 118 lives.