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The Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft: Costs, Consequences, and Lessons from its Design, Development, and Certification

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Nearly One Year After Launching Its Boeing 737 MAX Investigation, House Transportation Committee Issues Preliminary Investigative Findings

Washington, D.C. – Today, nearly one year after launching its investigation into the design, development, and certification of the Boeing 737 MAX, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Majority Staff released its preliminary investigative findings. The Boeing 737 MAX, which was certified by the FAA and entered revenue service in 2017, was involved in two fatal crashes within five months of each other that killed a total of 346 people, including 8 Americans. The aircraft remains grounded worldwide.

The Committee’s preliminary findings outlines technical design failures on the aircraft and Boeing’s lack of transparency with aviation regulators and its customers as well as Boeing’s efforts to obfuscate information about the operation of the aircraft.

IFA Comment:  The history of aircraft airworthiness is one of continuous improvement.   Until now analysis has shown that every new civil aircraft type that was introduced into passenger service performed better than the one before.   Sadly, that exemplary record has been broken by the story of the Boeing 737 MAX.  

This last week, a preliminary investigative findings report was published by the US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  It makes sober reading.  IFA strongly recommends that the report’s findings be given the highest attention.  The deficiencies uncovered are shocking.  The investigation into the Boeing 737 MAX places an obligation on all parties to take corrective action to ensure that such events never occur again. 

Click here to link to the full press release

Click to read the Report. 

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