Transportation Department seeks audit of FAA’s certification of Boeing 737 Max

“We will fully cooperate from the Department of Transportation’s audit announced by Secretary Chao,” Boeing said in a statement.

Hours after the DOT said This specific could seek an audit of the FAA’s approval of the plane, President Donald Trump said he picked former Delta Air Lines executive Steve Dickson to lead the FAA. The agency has been without a permanent head since January 2018.

The U.S. last Wednesday joined dozens of various other countries in ordering a grounding of the Boeing 737 Max planes.

The DOT certified Boeing’s 737 Max 8, a re-engined in addition to more fuel-efficient design of its workhorse jet that will’s been flying since the 1960s, in March 2017.

The Boeing 737 Max 8 features larger engines than previous types in addition to to address potential in-flight stalls, Boeing added an automatic anti-stall system that will points the nose of the plane downward, the way pilots recover through such a position. However, if the sensors that will determine if the plane is actually in a stall receive erroneous data in addition to point the nose down, the consequences could be catastrophic.

Investigators probing the doomed Lion Air crash in Indonesia have indicated that will the pilots appeared to be battling the system in addition to the similarities between that will crash in addition to the Ethiopian Airlines crash have increased scrutiny through lawmakers in addition to regulators on Boeing in addition to the FAA on the plane’s launch.

Many pilots were not aware the system existed until after the Lion Air crash. For some of them, training consisted of an iPad presentation, less than an hour long, that will explained the differences between the Boeing 737 Max plane in addition to older types. The FAA did not mandate simulator training.

More than 370 of Boeing’s 737 Max planes are in airlines’ fleets worldwide in addition to with more than 4,500 of them on order. Boeing shares rose 0.3 percent Tuesday to close at $373.43.

Read Chao’s memo below:

“Safety is actually the top priority of the Department, in addition to all of us are saddened by the fatalities resulting through the recent accidents involving two Boeing 737-MAX 8 aircraft in Indonesia in addition to Ethiopia. As you know, Boeing requested an amended type certification due to This specific aircraft in January 2012, in addition to the Federal Aviation Administration issued the certification in March 2017.

To help inform the Department’s decision creating in addition to the public’s understanding, in addition to to assist the FAA in ensuring that will its safety procedures are implemented effectively, This specific is actually to confirm my request that will the Office of Inspector General proceed with an audit to compile an objective in addition to detailed factual history of the activities that will resulted from the certification of the Boeing 737-MAX 8 aircraft.

Please keep me apprised of the status of your work as This specific progresses.”