How Could This Be??? FAA Response To 737 MAX Crash Report Preserves Boeing’s Big Role In Certifying Its Own Planes
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May 20, 2020 - by Dominic Gates for seattletimes.com
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday said it plans changes to how new airplane models are certified, but will preserve Boeing's central role in that process — despite criticism that Boeing mistakes in certifying the 737 MAX allowed design flaws that killed 346 people in two crashes.
In a report released Tuesday, the FAA responded to recommendations made in January by an advisory committee set up by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who oversees the FAA.
In a statement, the FAA said those recommendations confirmed that its existing safety protocols are "sound," though there are "areas where we have opportunities to improve."
In January, both DeFazio and Cantwell, as well as family members of those who died in the accidents, had criticized the advisory committee's recommendations, saying it was defending the FAA's current system of aircraft certification while playing down shortcomings that missed the flaws in the MAX flight control system that led to the two crashes....
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