Boeing reportedly KEPT THE FAA IN THE DARK about big changes it made to the 737 MAX's flight-control software late in its development
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July 27, 2019 - by Troy Wolverton for businessinsider.com
- The Federal Aviation Administration didn't understand the risks of the flight-control system in Boeing's 737 Maxbefore the first of its fatal accidents last October, according to a new report in The New York Times.
- The engineers charged with overseeing the safety of the automated software had little experience with such systems, according to the report.
- The FAA allowed Boeing to assess the safety of the system itself, The Times reported.
- Boeing largely kept the agency in the dark about the importance and risks of the system and didn't give the FAA an updated safety assessment after making a significant change to the software late in the plane's development, the report said.
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The Federal Aviation Administration was poorly positioned to oversee the safety of the automated flight system that was to blame for the two deadly crashes of Boeing's 737 Max plane over the last year, The New York Times reported Saturday.
The agency engineers in charge of keeping a watch on the airplane's flight control systems through the latter part of its development had little experience with such software, according to The Times report. And Boeing largely kept them in the dark about the importance of the flight-control system on the 737 Max and a crucial change they made to the software soon before releasing the plane commercially, The Times reported.
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