'The FAA has a credibility problem': House panel probes troubled Boeing 737 Max
"The FAA has a credibility problem,"
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May 15, 2019 - by AP for chicagotribune.com
The nation's top aviation regulator assured Congress on Wednesday that the Boeing737 Max, grounded after two deadly accidents, will only return to flying when a government analysis shows that it is safe.
The Federal Aviation Administration is under scrutiny for how it relied on Boeing to certify the Max and then didn't ground the plane until after the second crash, in March.
Acting FAA chief Daniel Elwell told the House aviation subcommittee that his agency "welcomes scrutiny that helps make us better."
Elwell listed several reviews of the FAA's handling of the matter, adding, however, that only the FAA would decide when the Max is safe enough to allow back in the air.
"In the U.S., the 737 Max will return to service only when the FAA's analysis of the facts and technical data indicate that it is safe to do so," Elwell said.