After leaving the Trump administration, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley joined the board of defense contractor Boeing to cash out based on her years of government work.
“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to contribute to Boeing’s continued success as a cutting edge industry leader and a great American company,” Haley said after she joined Boeing’s board of directors.
Haley was not reticent about joining a corporation that is currently embroiled in massive lawsuits following recent massive crashes of their 737 MAX airliners that resulted in hundreds of deaths.
“We have learned that Boeing relied on a single sensor that had been previously flagged in over 200 incident reports submitted to the FAA (U.S. Federal Aviation Administration),” said attorney Nomaan Husain, who is representing Nadege Dubois-Seex in a $276 million lawsuit after her husband was killed when one of Boeing’s planes crashed.
The shoddy work in the 737 MAX airliner may be due to the corporation’s outsourcing of crucial engineering work. It was recently revealed by Bloomberg News that Boeing paid their foreign engineers as little as $9-an-hour to develop software to develop the plane, from countries with little aerospace experience like India.
Indian software developer HCL Technologies Ltd. was tasked to design code for the plane, which former Boeing software engineer Mark Rabin says led to a sharp increase in errors for the purposes of penny-pinching.
“It was controversial because it was far less efficient than Boeing engineers just writing the code,” Rabin said. On many occasions Rubin noted that “it took many rounds going back and forth because the code was not done correctly.”
A summary posted by an HCL employee shows the types of problems that occurred when the 737 MAX airliner was being tested.
“Provided quick workaround to resolve production issue which resulted in not delaying flight test of 737-Max (delay in each flight test will cost very big amount for Boeing),” the HCL employee summarized.
Boeing refuses to take any culpability for its hiring practices, maintaining that there is nothing to worry about despite the mounting evidence to the contrary.
“Boeing has many decades of experience working with supplier/partners around the world,” a company spokesman said. “Our primary focus is on always ensuring that our products and services are safe, of the highest quality and comply with all applicable regulations.”
Embracing globalism is certainly paying off for Boeing, particularly their relationships cultivated in India. Boeing inked a $22 billion deal in January 2017 to supply SpiceJet Ltd with commercial aircraft including over 100 737-Max 8 jets.
Boeing’s ruthless profit-seeking unfortunately comes with a great human cost. An Ethiopian crash of a Boeing 737 MAX airliner resulted in the tragic deaths of all 157 passengers and crew in March. In Oct. 2018, 189 people were killed after a Lion Air 737 MAX crashed into the ocean near Indonesia under similar circumstances.
Boeing’s history of embracing globalism and questionable safety practices did not stop ‘Neocon’ Nikki Haley from joining their board. Haley, who is a favorite of the Never Trumpers, is happy to further her ambitions even if it comes at the expense of hundreds of crash victims who were essentially sacrificed to boost Boeing’s bottom line.
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