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Congress blamed Boeing and the FAA for fatal 737 Max crashes.


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The Boeing 737 Max crashes that killed 346 people were the “horrific culmination” of failures at Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a congressional inquiry has found. The report highlight failures in the plane’s design and an overly close relationship between the company and regulator

Boeing engineers and test pilots expressed concerns about the MCAS flight control system blamed for the crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia in 2018 and 2019, but the problems weren’t fixed, according to the House Transportation Committee. The plane was deemed compliant based on the FAA’s existing standards, but “demonstratively unsafe,” investigators noted.

“We have learned many hard lessons as a company from the accidents of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, and from the mistakes we have made,” Boeing responded in a statement. “As this report recognizes, we have made fundamental changes to our company as a result, and continue to look for ways to improve.”

The FAA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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