Boeing Replaces Head of 737 Division After Several Safety Issues

By Hamodia Staff

An Alaska Airline Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft. (KirkXWB)

Boeing Aircraft Company (BAC) announced the departure of Ed Clark, the vice president and general manager of its 737 program who has been with the company for 18 years, after several safety related incidents occurred recently.

Clark will be replaced by Katie Ringgold as head of the 737 division at the company’s site in Renton, Washington.

In an email to employees, BAC President Stan Deal wrote that the changes are being made due to BAC’s “enhanced focus on ensuring that every airplane we deliver meets or exceeds all quality and safety requirements. Our customers demand, and deserve, nothing less.”

An emergency door panel blew off an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 over Oregon on January 6, 2024 when bolts of panel were missing, according to accident investigators.

The Federal Aviation Administration said that Boeing — under pressure from airlines to produce large numbers of planes — was not paying enough attention to safety.

Several other changes of personnel were made by the company, with Elizabeth Lund, a longtime executive with the company, named to the position of senior vice president for quality, where she will lead quality control and quality assurance efforts.

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