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Questions Remain About Boeing’s Relationship With FAA, Seattle Times Says

By SME Media Staff

Two years after the second fatal crash involving Boeing Co.’s 737 Max, questions remain about the aircraft maker’s relationship with the Federal Aviation Administration, The Seattle Times said.

Boeing “has fixed the jet’s flawed flight-control system and the FAA has allowed the Max back in the air,” the Seattle newspaper said.

“Yet after multiple investigations revealed failures both in the airplane’s design and in the oversight process, both the jet maker and the safety agency still face intense scrutiny and calls for more accountability.”

The FAA late in 2020 allowed the 737 Max to return to the air. Chicago-based Boeing is seeking similar approval from other countries.

Nevertheless, The Seattle Times said, “the emotional impact of the tragedies in Indonesia and Ethiopia has been profound and personal.”

The Times interviewed people who lost family members in the two fatal crashes. The newspaper also said that within Boeing, “the emotion is less raw but still deeply felt.”

“As a direct result of the Max crashes, scrutiny of Boeing by the FAA and foreign authorities will be tightened in the years ahead,” the Times said.

The FAA also is under pressure, the Times noted. “In December, Congress passed legislation reforming the FAA’s certification process and partly reversing the decades long trend of increasingly outsourcing its oversight role to Boeing.”

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