F.A.A. Endorsement of Boeing Jet Involved in Two Crashes Comes Under Scrutiny

A new software installed on Boeing’s new 737 Max jets was not closely reviewed by regulators at the Federal Aviation Administration, while several other features, including the lithium batteries, the pressure fueling system and the inflatable safety slides were closely scrutinized. The software is suspected of playing a role in two deadly crashes involving the Boeing’s new jets. FAA’s jet approval process, which heavily relies on Boeing’s employees to approve the safety of a plane, is now being closely scrutinized by authorities around the world.

A Boeing 737 Max 8’s crash in Ethiopia last week has pushed many to believe that the aircraft manufacturer should be held accountable for the crash. Ethiopian Airlines was the first African airline to buy Boeing’s jets, with a loan from the American government six decades ago. Ever since the country has shared strong ties with the aircraft manufacturer, but contours of this strong relationship may change after the recent crash.

U.S. President Donald Trump nominated former Delta Air Lines executive Steve Dickson to head the FAA — a position that has been run by an active chief for 14 months. The aviation regulator is grappling with fallout from two fatal crashes in Boeing airplanes.

An off-duty pilot who happened to be riding in the cockpit of a Lion Air flight from Bali to Jakarta, a day before the jetliner crashed into the Java Sea, helped the crew to regain control of the plane. According to the people familiar with the incident, the so-called dead-head pilot asked the crew to cut power to the motor that was driving the nose down.

The path to the Max 737 jet’s return to the sky was further complicated after Europe and Canada said they will seek their own guarantees over the safety of the new jetliner. “We will not allow the aircraft to fly if we have not found acceptable answers to all our questions,” EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky told an EU parliament committee hearing

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