US FAA fails to recognise 737 MAX flight-control system as safety risk

US FAA fails to recognise 737 MAX flight-control system as safety risk
# 14 May 2019 17:57 (UTC +04:00)

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) failed to recognize the critical safety risks of Boeing’s 737 MAX flight-control system implicated as the culprit in two deadly crashes, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, ONA reports citing Sputnik.

Senior FAA officials did not participate in or monitor crucial assessments of the 737 MAX flight-control system during the plane’s certification process, the outlet reported, citing preliminary investigation findings.

The investigation also concluded that Boeing did not flag the automated stall-prevention software, known as Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), as a system whose malfunction or failure could cause a catastrophic event, the report said.

Such labeling would have resulted in more intense scrutiny. Instead, the FAA deferred to Boeing’s own experts allowing them to conduct risk analysis with limited agency oversight, according to the report.

More information on the FAA’s internal review is expected to reveal when FAA chief Daniel Elwell’s testifies before the House Transportation subcommittee on Wednesday.

Two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft have crashed over the past six months — one in Indonesia in October 2018 and another in Ethiopia in March.

In the wake of the latest crash, aviation authorities and carriers around the world have either grounded all 737 MAX series aircraft or closed their airspace to them.

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