Congressional Inquiry Faults Boeing And FAA Failures For Deadly 737 Max Plane Crashes
Congressional inquiry inquiry has has found found damning damning evidence evidence of of failures failures at at both both Boeing Boeing and and at at the the Federal Federal Aviation Aviation Administration Administration in in the the development development and and certification certification of of the the 7 7 37 37 Max, Max, the report says. Thes failures contributed to to Mac's plane crashes, killing 346 people NPR's David Shaper. The House Transportation Committee investigation finds that there was no singular technical floor pilot failure that led to the deadly 7 37 Max. Plane crashes in Indonesia in October of 2018 in Ethiopia the following March. Instead, it describes the circumstances that led up to them almost like a perfect storm, calling it the horrific culmination of a series of faulty technical assumptions by Boeing's engineers. The lack of transparency on the part of Boeing's management and grossly insufficient oversight by the FAA. The report details Boeing's flawed design of a new automated flight control system on the plane and mistakes and using outdated and faulty assumptions of pilot response, as well as a culture of concealment. Keeping information from the FAA, its customers and the pilots who would fly the plane. There's something that came out of this that's just mind boggling. House Transportation Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio oversaw the inquiry and says What's mindboggling is that both bowing in the FAA contend they followed proper procedures. And found the 7 37 Max to be compliant. That's the bureaucratic word it was compliant, but the problem is, it was compliant and not safe and people died. The report also details how Boeing employees were under enormous pressure to keep costs down in the plane on schedule. Aviation subcommittee chairman Rick Larson says misguided priorities have senior management drove a number of troubling decisions. In one case, senior management went as far as selling countdown clocks in conference rooms. Making clear to Matt employees meeting production timelines. Rather than safety was a top priority. The congressional investigation is one of many into what caused the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines 7 37 Max Plane crashes. Christine Negroni is an aviation journalist and author of the book The Crash detectives, and she says, while much of this information isn't new in the hole, what is to me astonishing about the report? Is the death of the sickness and the deep history off both FAA and Boeing, knowing that there were problems with the redesign of this airliner. And the obliviousness of both parties and recognizing that this was a problem that needed to be addressed. Another thing too grown, he finds remarkable is that a number of people did raise safety concerns about the 7 37 Max, but those were either inadequately addressed or just dismissed by bowing. Many of them never seeing the light of day of the F A. A. And that's an especially painful realization for the families of those who died in the max crashes. It angers us to see how how much going did to cover this up and how much f a A has done. To help them cover it up. Michael Stew, Mo's daughter, 24 year old Samuel arose. Stew Moa was on the plane that crashed last year in Ethiopia. He believes evidence in this report now shows that the first plane crash in Indonesia was preventable but then covering up to keep the max in the air after the lion air crash. So that it crashed again and Ethiopian killed. My daughter was unforgivable. In a statement of Boeing spokesman says the company has learned many hard lessons from the plane crashes and its mistakes. And has made fundamental changes to the company's safety, culture and protocols as a result. How's Transportation Committee is now drafting legislation to improve FAA oversight and certifying planes. Senate Committee is expected to take up its own FAA reform bill later today.