Our trust in institutional authority looks to be eroding as the FAA comes under fire for outsourcing its responsibilities due to budget constraints. It’s looking that both the FAA and Boeing played major roles in allowing flawed planes to fly all over the world, as the FAA essentially outsourced much of its certification process for the 737 MAX planes to Boeing itself. It took two disastrous crashes, as well as the whole world grounding them, for the US to finally act.
Dominic Gates, Seattle Times Aerospace reporter walks us through the failures that may have resulted in so many lives needlessly lost in “Flawed analysis, failed oversight: How Boeing, FAA certified the suspect 737 MAX flight control system”
- Photo: Boeing 737 MAX planes sit in a row last week behind the Renton plant on the south shore of Lake Washington. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)