The chief executive of aircraft manufacturer Boeing is not coming to the Netherlands for a hearing in the Lower House about the disaster with a 737 from Turkish Airlines in 2009. MPs had David Calhoun invited after reports that pressure had been exerted from the United States to cover the findings of the crash at Schiphol.
In addition to the Boeing boss, the politicians also wanted to hear the American transport safety board NTSB, the former chairman and current chairman of the Dutch Safety Board. And also professor Sidney Dekker, who carried out part of the research, but whose findings are according to The New York Times from the final reportwas invited. These three have informed the parliamentary committee that they are taking part in the hearing.
Extensive technical support
Boeing says in a letter to the House of Representatives, who owns the ANP, that investigation into aviation incidents is crucial for safety and that this requires manufacturers to cooperate well with the authorities. According to the company, Boeing, as a technical adviser in the American research council NTSB, provided extensive technical support to the investigation into the air disaster.
Boeing informs Timothy Keating that he has heard from the NTSB that the council is not coming to The Hague. As the company follows the line of the NTSB, it will therefore not participate in the conversation with the MPs.
The parliamentary committee said that the Americans were also asked whether they would like to participate via Skype, but Boeing and the NTSB did not comment on that either.
View a review of the disaster with the Turkish Airlines aircraft in 2009 here.