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Boeing, FAA's 'culture of concealment' led to plane crashes, Congressional committee says

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Boeing, FAA's 'culture of concealment' led to plane crashes, Congressional committee says
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Early Wednesday morning, the U.S. House of Representatives' Transportation Committee released its final investigation on the Boeing 737-max crashes that killed 346 people.

After an 18-month investigation, 600,000 pages of records, and two-dozen interviews, the House Transportation Committee determined that among other things, a "culture of concealment" by Boeing and the FAA led to crashes that may have been preventable.

The 246-page investigative report outlines five key areas that the lawmakers believe lead to the crashes – including:

  • Production pressures that emphasized cost-cutting over safety
  • Faulty technical design and assumptions about pilot responses
  • A culture of concealment
  • Misplaced oversight authority
  • Boeing's influence over the FAA

The report details quote the "inconceivable and inexcusable" withholding of critical safety information that could have altered the fate of 346 innocent people who died in two crashes, just five months apart...one in the Java Sea, the other in Ethiopia.

House investigators go on to say that despite the sweeping problems identified by their committee, both Boeing and the FAA suggest the 737 max certification was compliant with FAA regulations...a clear sign, transportation committee members say, is evidence that the current regulatory system is fundamentally flawed and needs to be repaired.

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