Officials Seek Answers from Boeing as CEO Speaks Out

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By Paul Riegler on 19 March 2019
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Lawmakers and government officials in both Canada and the United States are seeking answers from Boeing relating to its new 737 Max aircraft.

The investigation into the Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 crash found “clear similarities” between that event and the October Lion Air 737 Max 8 crash, following an initial analysis of flight recorder data.

As a result, officials across the globe are seeking answers from Boeing about new safety features in the aircraft that may have played a role in the accident. In addition, House and Senate committees plan to question officials from the Federal Aviation Administration about the aircraft with a focus on its stall-prevention system.

This came as Boeing’s CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, spoke out in a letter to passengers, airlines, and the aviation community.

Acknowledging that “lives depend on the work we do,” Muilenburg said the company is “taking actions to fully ensure the safety of the 737 Max.”

He spoke of “an ongoing and relentless commitment to make safe airplanes even safer” and said that the company will soon “release a software update and related pilot training for the 737 MAX that will address concerns discovered in the aftermath of the Lion Air Flight 610 accident.”

Justice Department and Department of Transportation officials are looking into the certification process for the jet as well as how Boeing developed it as an evolutionary upgrade from the older Boeing 737 series of jets. The DOT is also interested in finding out if the FAA might have taken shortcuts in the 737 Max’ safety approval process.

Finally, in Canada, the country’s aviation regulator is reviewing the process through which it validated the U.S. certification of the 737 Max.

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