Davids Statement on Newly Released Boeing Messages; Spirit AeroSystems Job Cuts

January 10, 2020
Press Release

Representative Sharice Davids (KS-03) issued the following statement on newly released Boeing messages that provide further insight into Boeing’s decision making on the 737 MAX development, as well as the subsequent announcement by Boeing supplier Spirit Aerosystems that they are cutting 2,800 jobs in Wichita, KS:


“The newly released messages from Boeing employees are incredibly disturbing and show a coordinated effort inside the company to deceive the American public and federal regulators, who are in place to keep passengers safe. It’s further proof that Boeing put profit over safety in the development of the 737 MAX. My thoughts remain with the families of the 346 victims during this difficult time.


“As a member of the Transportation Committee, and as Vice-Chair of the Aviation Subcommittee, I’ve been working to conduct rigorous oversight of Boeing as part of the Committee’s investigation into the design, development and certification of the 737 MAX. It’s unacceptable that it has taken 10 months of investigations for Boeing to turn over these messages, which are essential to understanding what happened with the MAX. We will continue to push forward with our investigation so we can ensure accountability and most importantly the safety of the flying public.”


“In addition to the public safety concerns these messages raise, Boeing’s callousness has now cost thousands of Kansans their livelihood and endangered the economy of our state, which is dependent on aerospace. Kansas will continue to be an aerospace and technology leader, despite the harmful impacts of Boeing leadership’s reckless decision making.”


For more information on the Committee’s ongoing investigation into the Boeing 737 MAX, click here.