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US Probing If Regulators Were Misled By Boeing Over Safety Of 737 Max: WSJ

US Probing If Regulators Were Misled By Boeing Over Safety Of 737 Max: WSJ
A report published in the Wall Street Journal has claimed that the prosecutors in the United States is reportedly conducting a probe to ascertain whether incomplete or misleading information about the 737 Max aircraft was provided by its maker Boeing to the U.S. air-safety regulators as well as to the customers of the aircraft.
The activities of Boeing in relation to the 737 Max aircraft has come under global scrutiny, not less by the US authorities that had approved the safety of the crafts before being delivered to customers, following two fatal crashes involving the same model of the craft within a span of nearly just five months apart from each other. The first crash happened with a 737 Max aircraft of Lion Air of Indonesia which crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff on 29 October last year, killing all 189 passengers and crew who were on board. The next fatal accident occurred with the same craft model being used by the Ethiopian Airlines which also crashed to ground seen after taking off on March 10 in which all of the 157 people on board were killed.
Following this, dozens of countries and airlines across the world either grounded or banned the use of 737 Max aircraft, which was followed by the US some time later. Soon after, Boeing grounded all of its 737 Max aircrafts throughout the world and stopped all deliveries of the craft before the glitches are fixed.
Even though there have been no accusations of any wrongdoing brought against Boeing so far, according to the Journal report quoting people close to the matter, the issue of disclosing of information by Boeing to the US regulators is being looked as a part of the wider gamut of investigation about the process of development of security certification of the plane.
There were a number of reports published in the media earlier this week claimed that there were some major flaws in the original safety analysis which was done and delivered by Boeing to the FAA in relation to a new flight control system on the 737 Max aircrafts – which is called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS. The report being mentioned that was delivered to the FAA by Boeing was a critical one because it was used as a certificate from the manufacturer that the 737 Max aircrafts were safe to fly.
"The 737 Max was certified in accordance with the identical FAA requirements and processes that have governed certification of all previous new airplanes and derivatives," Boeing told the Journal as quoted in the report.
The Journal report also quoted people close to the matter saying that under the direction of federal prosecutors, a group of investigators and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Transportation Department's inspector general's office were working together to investigate the issues of the certification process.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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