Boeing admits 'erroneous' data contributed to 737 Max crashes

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg on Thursday posted a video saying that "erroneous" data contributed to a pair of Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crashes. 

“It’s apparent that in both flights the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, known as MCAS, activated in response to erroneous angle of attack information,” he said in the video. 


He said that two recent accidents involving the planes were caused by a “chain of events” but added that it was the company's responsibility to resolve the issues with the system. 

“It’s our responsibility to eliminate this risk,” he said. “We own it and we know how to do it.”

Muilenburg also apologized for the lives lost in the two crashes. 

“We at Boeing are sorry for the lives lost in the recent 737 Max accidents," he said. “These tragedies continue to weigh heavily on our hearts and minds.” 

Last month, an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed, killing 157 passengers. In October, 189 passengers were killed in a Lion Air flight. Both flights were on Boeing 737 Max 8 planes. 

The crashes prompted President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE to temporarily ground the planes.