Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Demands Accountability from Boeing CEO

October 30, 2019
Press Release
Hearing on 737 MAX aircraft crashes yields few answers

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, questioned Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg and the company’s Vice President and Chief Engineer John Hamilton today about efforts to minimize pilots’ familiarity with a safety system aboard the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Many relatives of those killed in 737 MAX accidents attended the hearing. 

In his testimony, Muilenburg said he is accountable for his company’s actions. In his questioning, Congressman Cohen asked Muilenburg how he is being accountable for the two 737 MAX accidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia, which killed 346 people.  

“What does accountability mean? Are you taking a cut in pay? Are you working for free from now on till you can cure this problem?” Congressman Cohen asked. “These peoples’ relatives are not coming back; they’re gone…You’re continuing to work and make $30 million a year after these horrific two accidents that caused all these peoples’ relatives to die. You’re not taking a cut in pay at all?” 

Muilenburg said decisions about compensation will be part of a comprehensive review by the company’s board of directors. 

See the entire exchange here

Following the hearing, Congressman Cohen made the following statement: 

“What we witnessed here today is not ‘accountability,’ and it is totally unacceptable. Muilenburg says the lives lost will always be remembered, but the company is not making those responsible for their deaths pay any price at all. At a minimum, Muilenburg should forgo his salary, or resign.”