“I can see how crews could have run out of time,” Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III said at House oversight hearing.
Decisions on FAA certification also are questioned in testimony prepared for a Wednesday House hearing.
The comments came as U.S. regulators hosted aviation authorities from around the world in Texas to discuss the process for returning the aircraft to the skies.
Barclays investment bank downgraded Boeing after a survey of 1,765 fliers points to diminished trust in the 737 Max.
The decision-making of Boeing’s board — an elite club of corporate titans and government dignitaries — is under scrutiny after two crashes of the 737 Max killed 346 people in the span of five months.
A witness list is still to be determined for the May 15th hearing, which will be the first opportunity for House members to delve into two crashes involving the Boeing 737 Max.
American Airlines executives said Friday morning that they expect the continued ground of its Boeing 737 Max fleet to cost the company $350 million in 2019 income. The grounding as well as other factors cost the Southwest Airlines more than $200 million in revenue.
Boeing reported a drop in earnings and sales, as the company acknowledged that concerns over the safety of its 737 Max airplanes are taking a toll on its business.
Trump’s comments seemed to contradict his earlier stance that the problem with air travel was that flying had just become “far too complex.”
The move reflects a growing realization across the aviation community that the worldwide grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max jets is not likely to abate soon.
“For Boeing, safety features that could have saved 346 lives on two of their 737 Max 8s were yet another profit center, deemed optional like premium seats, extra bathrooms, or fancy lighting,” Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) said.
During a budget hearing, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao faced questions about oversight and certification of the Boeing 737 MAX and proposed cuts to aviation safety in her agency's budget.
Boeing faces a class action lawsuit from investors who claim the company "put profitability and growth ahead of airplane safety and honesty."
The suit is one of several expected in the aftermath of the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
Boeing's stock price dropped 4.4 percent on Monday after the company's decision to cut production of the 737 MAX following two deadly plane crashes.
The company announced Friday that it will decrease the production rate from 52 planes a month to 42.
As planemaker’s troubles mount, questions emerge about partners like Rockwell Collins and Rosemount
Boeing faces renewed international scrutiny as sequence of failures with the jet — technological and human — remain under investigation.