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U.S. Congressional panel: Boeing and FAA guilty for two deadly crashes

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 7, 2020
A congressional committee investigating Boeing said that a culture of concealment and poor oversight by federal regulators contributed to two deadly crashes involving 737 Max.
Air tragedy   Boeing failed to classify the system as critical to safety
The committee's Democrats said multiple factors led to the crashes, but it homed in on a new flight control system that pushed the nose of each plane down based on faulty sensor readings. Boeing failed to classify the system as critical to safety, part of a strategy designed to avoid closer scrutiny by regulators as the company developed the plane, the House Transportation Committee said.

Topics: U.S. Boeing FAA crash

The report said Boeing had undue influence over the Federal Aviation Administration, and FAA managers rejected safety concerns raised by their own technical experts.

Staffers for the committee's Democratic majority made the comments in a preliminary summary of the panel's nearly yearlong investigation of Boeing's development of the Max and the FAA's decision to approve the plane.

The committee has held five hearings and disclosed troves of internal Boeing documents that highlighted company employees' safety concerns about the Max. The panel's summary did not break new ground, but it illustrated the breadth and depth of one of several investigations currently underway into Boeing.