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House panel blasts Boeing and FAA over fatal 737 Max crashes

16.09.20, 15:11

In a scathing 246 page report by the House Transportation Committee, Democrats found multiple Boeing engineers and test pilots expressed concerns about the system that would ultimately be linked to two deadly 737 Max crashes – and yet those problems were never fixed. The plane was deemed compliant by the FAA according to existing standards, but was "demonstratively unsafe," casting doubt on the certification process, according to committee investigators. 

"The FAA failed to ensure the safety of the traveling public," the report found.      

"It's mind boggling," said committee chairman Peter DeFazio, a Democrat from Oregon. "Both the FAA and Boeing came to the conclusion that the certification of the max that killed 346 people was 'compliant' but the problem was it was compliant and people died."  

Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Flight 302, and from the mistakes we have made. Change is always hard and requires daily commitment, but we as a company are dedicated to doing the work."

The FAA told CBS News, "The FAA is committed to continually advancing aviation safety and looks forward to working with the Committee to implement improvements identified in its report. We are already undertaking important initiatives based on what we have learned from our own internal reviews as well as independent reviews of the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines accidents."

The report was critical of the pace the Department of Transportation, which houses the FAA, has turned over documents as part of this investigation. 

On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Committee is holding a markup on its FAA reform bill.  The House is yet to propose regulatory reform but this report will be the backbone of that proposed legislation

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