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A Boeing engineer who led the development of the Boeing 737 MAX will retire, according to a company memo

A Boeing engineer who led the development of the Boeing 737 MAX will retire, according to a company memo

Michael Teal, a senior engineer on the Boeing Co's 777X program and assistant director, is due to retire, according to a company memo seen by Reuters on Friday.

Teal, a 35-year Boeing veteran, was vice president and project engineer for the 737 MAX. The plane was grounded for nearly two years starting in 2019 after two fatal crashes.

According to the memo, his last day is April 1.

David Loffing, who has held leadership roles in numerous programs including the 747, NMA, and 737, has been named vice president of the 777X Chief Product Engineer.

The 777X program has been hampered for years due to safety issues and a lack of long-haul jet demand.

The 737 MAX was approved to return to service in late 2020.

Teal is among the executives in Boeing who testified at the United States Congress during an investigation into a flawed flight control system linked to the 737 MAX crashes.

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