FAA saw high risk of more 737 Max crashes
Committee, which is investigating the FAA’s oversight of Boeing and the Max.
“The FAA rolled the dice on the safety of the traveling public and let the Max continue to fly until Boeing could overhaul its MCAS software,” said Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., chairman of the committee.
MCAS is the name of Boeing’s flight-control system that automatically pushed the noses of the doomed planes down in response to faulty readings from a sensor.
FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson declined to call the agency’s decision not to immediately ground the plane a mistake. Instead, the FAA and Boeing issued notices reminding pilots how to handle a nosedown pitch of their plane.
“Obviously the result is not satisfactory,” Dickson said. “The decision did not achieve the result that it needed to achieve.”
The FAA concluded that more than 2,900 people could die in Max crashes over 45 years without the software fix. It assumed the fleet would eventually grow to 4,800 planes. Fewer than 400 were flying before they were grounded in March, after the second crash.
A Boeing spokesman said the company’s response to the first crash was “fully consistent with the FAA’s analysis and established process.”
Dickson said that as Boeing seeks to return the Max to flying, his agency is controlling the
Family members and friends of victims killed in Boeing 737 crashes are greeted by FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson on Wednesday before a House Oversight Hearing on Wednesday in Washington, DC.