Get Boeing and the FAA out of the air safety inspection process
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November 24, 2019 - by CHRISTINE NEGRONI for chicagotribune.co
The crashes of two Boeing 737 Max aircraft within the span of five months raises the question: Who is making sure airplanes are safe?
Don't be too quick to reply. Yes, the Federal Aviation Administration's mission is to "provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world," but for decades it has shared the burden with the companies whose products it certifies.
When it came to approving the design of the Max, that partnership did not work. But before deciding that private companies cannot act in the FAA's stead, consider this.
Between 1921 and 1925, Underwriters Laboratories (known as UL) was responsible for making sure planes were safe. It employed 33 inspectors who created manufacturing standards and inspected and certified the finished airplanes, according to Rachel Madden, a UL archivist.
Insurance companies were the first to recognize that...
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