WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 29: John Hamilton, vice p
John Hamilton, vice president and chief engineer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, testifies before the Senate Commerce Committee October 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. Dennis Muilenburg, president and CEO of the Boeing Company and Hamilton, vice president and chief engineer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, testified before the committee on Aviation Safety and the Future of Boeings 737 MAX. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
  • Boeing's chief engineer overseeing commercial airplanes including the 737 Max is retiring, according to the Seattle Times.
  • John Hamilton has been heading up Boeing's response to the two fatal 737 Max crashes. Boeing said that he initially planned to retire last year.
  • Hamilton testified alongside CEO Dennis Muilenburg in front of two Congressional panels last month.
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John Hamilton, the chief engineer for Boeing's commercial airplane division, is retiring, according to the Seattle Times.

The news was shared in a memo to employees from the head of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Stan Deal, the newspaper reported.

Hamilton was appointed in March to oversee Boeing's response to the two deadly 737 Max crashes. He appeared alongside Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg for two Congressional hearings last month, offering technical answers and insight alongside Muilenburg's testimony.

In the memo announcing Hamilton's retirement, Deal and Greg Hyslop, Boeing's chief engineer, wrote that Hamilton had originally planned to retire last year but chose to stay with the company to help with the 737 Max crisis. The first crash, Lion Air 610 in Indonesia, occurred in late October 2018.

The 737 Max has remained grounded worldwide since the second crash, Ethiopian Airlines 302, in March of this year. The company has been developing a software fix for MCAS, the automated flight control system faulted for the crashes, as well as redesigning the plane's flight computer.

Boeing has maintained that the plane could be approved to fly by the end of 2019 - however, most airlines and industry insiders expect the plane to remain grounded through at least early 2020.

Lynne Hopper, who previously oversaw Boeing's test flight operations, will replace Hamilton, the Seattle Times reported.

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