Flying Blind

Flying Blind

The 737 MAX Tragedy and the Fall of Boeing


'A startling investigation of the corporate blunders behind the tragedies that claimed the lives of 346 passengers.' - The Times

'A compelling, deeply reported account written in crisp, controlled indictment not just of on of America's most celebrated companies, but of an entire era.' - Financial Times

'An authoritative, gripping and finely detailed narrative that charts the decline of one of the great American companies.' - New York Times Book Review


Discover the corporate scandal that transfixed the world, cost hundreds of innocent lives, and almost destroyed a global institution.

Boeing is a century-old titan of industry, having played a role in the early days of commercial flight, Second World War bombing missions and even moon landings. Yet in 2018 and 2019, two crashes of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 killed 346 people. The crashes exposed a shocking pattern of malfeasance, leading to the biggest crisis in the company's history - and one of the costliest corporate scandals ever. How did things go so horribly wrong?

Flying Blind is the definitive account of the disasters that shocked the world; a chilling, behind-the-scenes look at the corporate dysfunction which contributed to one of the worst tragedies in modern aviation. It's an exposé of a reckless culture where - in a race to beat the competition and reward top executives - Boeing skimped on testing, pressured employees to meet unrealistic deadlines and ultimately convinced regulators to put planes into the air without properly equipping them or their pilots for flight.

From award-winning Bloomberg investigative journalist Peter Robison, this is the story of a business gone wildly off course. At once endlessly fascinating and deeply disturbing, it shows how the iconic company fell prey to a win-at-all-costs mentality, threatening an industry and sacrificing countless lives.


'An urgent, compelling and richly reported story of how the almighty profit motive supplanted a culture of engineering excellence, and the avoidable calamity that has impacted all of us as a result.' - Brad Stone, author of Amazon Unbound and The Everything Store

'A story everyone - every consumer, every citizen, every worker in every industry - needs to read.' - Diana B. Henriques, NYT bestselling author of The Death of Trust and The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff

The astoundingly well reported and beautifully told story of the downfall of what was once a great American company. A must-read.' - Bethany McClean, author of All The Devils Are Here and The Smartest Guys In The Room


  • Vividly written and meticulously researched, Flying Blind is a story everyone - every consumer, every citizen, every worker in every industry - needs to read.
    Diana B. Henriques, New York Times bestselling author of The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust

About the author

Peter Robison

Peter Robison is an investigative journalist for Bloomberg News. He has reported from the U.S., Europe and Asia, and his work has appeared frequently in Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. He is a recipient of a Gerald Loeb Award, the Overseas Press Club of America's Malcolm Forbes Award and four Best in Business awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Robison has an honors degree in history from Stanford University, where he was an editor of The Stanford Daily newspaper. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two sons.
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