Kevin McAllister. Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images.
Boeing executive Kevin McAllister, who served as the company's commercial airplanes CEO and president, is leaving amid an ongoing crisis with the manufacturer's 737 MAX jets, the New York Times reports.
The big picture: McAllister has been under fire for his handling of the division and his leadership during attempts to fix the automated system at least partially responsible for 2 crashes. The 737s have been grounded since March, costing the company at least $8 billion to date, the Times notes.
- The aircrafts' return to the skies has also been delayed multiple times.
Driving the news: McAllister's departure comes just days after 2016 text messages were made public, showing a pilot may have voiced concerns about an "egregious" issue with the system.
- Boeing has argued the company had no evidence the system was faulty until the crashes.