Boeing replaces executive who oversaw 737 Max, other planes
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, center, applauds with Boeing CEO Kevin McAllister, right, and Boeing vice chairman Ray Conner during a news conference before a delivery ceremony for a new Boeing 747-8 freighter to Qatar Airways, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, at Boeing's delivery center in Everett, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Boeing is replacing the head of its commercial-airplanes division as it struggles with a crisis created by two deadly crashes of its newest airliner.
Boeing said Tuesday that Kevin McAllister is out as chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He's being replaced by Stanley Deal, who has been leading the company's services division.
The shake-up in Boeing's top ranks comes just days after the release of internal communications that showed a senior test pilot experienced serious problems while testing flight-control software for the 737 Max on a simulator.
That software, called MCAS, is at the centre of investigations into two crashes that killed 346 people and led to grounding of the Max. Boeing is taking much longer than executives expected to change the software and get the plane flying again.