FAA misled Congress on inspector training for Boeing 737 MAX, investigators say
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September 23, 2019 - by Michael Laris for washingtonpost.com
Investigators examining a whistleblower complaint have concluded that safety inspectors who worked on training requirements for Boeing 737 Max pilots were themselves "underqualified" — and that the Federal Aviation Administration provided misleading information about the issue to Congress.
The findings of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which independently investigates whistleblower complaints, have added to questions about the effectiveness and transparency of safety oversight at the FAA, which has come under scrutiny after two new 737 Max jets it had certified as safe crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia, killing 346 people.
In a letter to President Trump on Monday, Special Counsel Henry J. Kerner wrote that the "FAA's official responses to Congress appear to have been misleading in their portrayal of FAA employee training and competency."...
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