‘Idiots’: Boeing Employees Mocked Lion Air Over Calls for 737 Max Training Prior to Crash
Internal Boeing communications recently viewed by Bloomberg News reveal employees’ derisive reactions to Lion Air’s request that additional pilot training take place before the carrier began operating the 737 Max. New documents provided by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and observed by Bloomberg showed an unredacted conversation between employees just one year before Lion Air Flight 610 crashed in October 2018 and claimed the lives of 189 people. According to people familiar with the matter, the exchange took place the same month Lion Air requested simulator training for its pilots before introducing the 737 Max to its fleet. “Now friggin Lion Air might need a sim to fly the MAX, and maybe because of their own stupidity. But their sister airline is already flying it!” replied a colleague, referring to Malaysia-based carrier Malindo Air.