SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 24: A United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner sits parked at the terminal at San Francisco International Airport on April 24, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Boeing's first quarter profits fell 21 percent following the Boeing 737 Max technical issues that have grounded all of the Max aircraft around the world. Two Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft crashed in a six months period. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

United CEO vows to be aboard 737 Max when its cleared to fly

Munoz made the promise after Chicago-based United's annual meeting with shareholders Wednesday.

May 22, 2019 - 5:20 pm
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CHICAGO (AP) — CEO Oscar Munoz says he will be aboard United Airlines' first flight of a Boeing 737 Max once regulators agree to let the aircraft fly again.

Munoz made the promise after Chicago-based United's annual meeting with shareholders Wednesday.

In crashes in Indonesia in October and Ethiopia in March, an automated system called MCAS mistakenly turned the noses of the planes down in response to faulty readings from a single sensor. Pilots were unable to recover; 346 people died. As a result, regulators grounded the planes.

Chicago-based Boeing says it has finished with its updates to the flight-control software implicated in the crashes.

Munoz says even after regulatory agencies clear the 737 Max to fly again, it will take more to get passengers comfortable getting on board. He says United in developing a case for the 737 Max, including educating customers and employees about why United feels it's safe to resume flights.

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