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‘Damning’ Boeing emails say 737 MAX was ‘designed by clowns’

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Boeing employees bantered about whether the 737 MAX was safe to fly and joked that the aircraft was “designed by clowns who in turn are supervised by monkeys,” according to emails released late Thursday.

“Would you put your family on a MAX simulator trained aircraft? I wouldn’t,” a Boeing employee wrote to a colleague in one newly-released 2017 exchange.

“No,” the colleague answered.

The communications, released by Boeing following their disclosure to lawmakers and regulators, raised fresh questions about the aerospace giant, which has been in crisis mode since March following a pair of MAX crashes that claimed 346 lives and grounded the company’s best-selling plane.

The latest disclosures could complicate efforts by Boeing to win approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to return the plane to service and may amplify calls in Congress for more profound steps by Boeing to address company culture after the aerospace giant ousted its chief executive in December.

The latest internal emails — called “incredibly damning” by one top lawmaker — come on the heels of a shock exchange publicly disclosed in October in which a Boeing pilot called a flight handling system implicated in the two crashes “egregious.”

The internal exchanges happened cover as Boeing was working to persuade the FAA that pilots would not need simulator training to fly the new MAX, arguing that training on computer tablets would be sufficient.

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“I still haven’t been forgiven by God for the covering up I did last year,” one employee wrote in a message from 2018 in reference to dealings with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“I know but this is what these regulators get when they try and get in the way. They impede progress,” another wrote in August 2015.

“This airplane is designed by clowns, who in turn are supervised by monkeys,” another employee said in 2017, apparently in reference to the FAA.

Boeing apologised for the tone of the messages, which it said were sent to congressional investigators in the interest of transparency.

“We regret the content of these communications, and apologize to the FAA, Congress, our airline customers, and to the flying public for them,” the company said

“We have made significant changes as a company to enhance our safety processes, organizations, and culture,” the company said, adding that it will ultimately take “disciplinary or other personnel action, once the necessary reviews are completed.”

Although some of the communications joke about problems with MAX simulators, but “having carefully reviewed the issue, we are confident that all of Boeing’s MAX simulators are functioning effectively,” Boeing said.

The FAA said while the “tone and content of some of the language contained in the documents is disappointing,” the emails did not reveal any new safety risks.

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“Our experts determined that nothing in the submission pointed to any safety risks that were not already identified as part of the ongoing review of proposed modifications to the aircraft,” an FAA spokesman said.

“We continue to work with other international aviation safety regulators to review the proposed changes to the aircraft. Our first priority is safety, and we have set no timeframe for when the work will be completed.”

Representative Peter DeFazio, the Oregon Democrat leading the House investigation of the MAX, called the emails “incredibly damning.”

“They paint a deeply disturbing picture of the lengths Boeing was apparently willing to go to in order to evade scrutiny from regulators, flight crews and the flying public.”

In late December, after months in crisis mode, Boeing pushed out its embattled chief executive, Dennis Muilenburg, in part due to tensions with the FAA.

The company replaced him with longtime board member David Calhoun, who is set to take over next week.

Boeing on Tuesday reversed its earlier position and endorsed simulator training for MAX pilots prior to resuming flights, a change likely to further delay the aircraft’s return to the skies.

Boeing share price dipped 0.4 percent to $335.10 in early trading Friday.

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Ethiopian Airlines to build $5 billion mega airport 

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Ethiopian Airlines has disclosed a project plan to put up a large airport at a cost amounting to USD5 billion (KSh500 billion).

The construction of the present-day airport will start in the year 2020 in Bishoftu, a town situated 39 kilometers southeast of Addis Ababa, according to Ethiopian chief executive officer Tewolde Gebremariam.

The airport will extend over to an area of 35 square km, and it will be built in a way it can serve over 100 million passengers a year.

“Bole Airport is not going to accommodate us; we have a beautiful expansion project. The airport looks very beautiful and very large, but with the way that we are growing, in about three or four years we are going to be full,” the state-run Ethiopian News Agency quoted Tewolde.

Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa handles approximately 19 million passengers in a year. The chief executive officer announced that the construction will commence in the coming six months, but he did not reveal how the project will be financed or who will construct the airport.

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EXQUISITE: Buy this $1 Million home in Kenya today [VIDEO]

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Introducing Amara Ridge in the leafy suburbs of Karen. Cytonn Investment, Cytonn Investments,  an independent investments management firm, is proud to present this outstanding and exclusive private gated community in Karen that offers a distinctly luxurious real estate option.

It is an exclusive private gated community in Karen and it is close to everything in Karen yet tucked away from it all.

Conveniently located with easy access to Lang’ata Road and Ngong’ Road, residents have an array of amenities to enjoy, and events to keep their calendars buzzing with activity all year round.

“The first time I asked to be allowed to see these $1million homes from Cytonn real estate was in February 2019. I kept asking until my request was granted. For me, walking through real estate is believing. Prepare to become a believer,” says Carol Mutoko. Watch:

The lush and leafy suburb of Karen is located just 30 minutes outside of Nairobi, and is surrounded by Ngong’ Hills and Ngong’ Forest.

Its winding roads run through forested areas, streams, ridges and open plains, lending this suburb an air of tranquility and natural beauty.

Cutting through Ngong’ Forest and running along the boundary of Karen is the Southern Bypass which offers Karen residents easy and fast access to the city and to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

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Karen boasts a selection of high-end retail stores; shopping malls as well as several dining options, and the largest concentration of international schools in Nairobi.

Its heritage is steeped in the legacy of Karen Blixen, the Danish author and humanitarian, who lived in this part of Nairobi, fell in love with its environs and people, and left a mark and memory that permeates the very essence of Karen and showcases the beauty of Kenya, to this very day.

To live in Karen is to embrace a lifestyle that is beautiful, expansive, elegant, tranquil and luxurious. Karen is a destination for those who dare to dream.

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New Agriculture CS orders KCC to buy milk at Sh33 a litre

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Peter Munya, Agriculture CS, has issued a directive to the New KCC to purchase milk from farmers at Sh33 instead of the low Sh25 per liter. The order is aiming at improving farmers’ morale who have been complaining of low prices.

 Milk prices have dropped drastically in the last three months due to oversupply, lack of market and cold storage facilities.

Several farmers heave considered leaving daily farming due to low margins.

Mr. Munya was speaking at his first press briefing as the Agriculture CS. 

He reassured that the milk buying prices would go up when the New KCC can buy and process more milk.

He cautioned the farmers and traders against bringing in cheaper milk from neighboring countries, whereas local farmers have sufficient milk.

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