WASHINGTON (AP) – The families of people killed aboard a Boeing aircraft now under scrutiny say regulators should wait for investigators looking into a pair of crashes to conclude their work before allowing those planes to fly again. Nadia Milleron, whose daughter, Samya Stumo, was on an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed in March, said Wednesday the FAA seems to be rushing to approve Boeing’s fixes to the Boeing 737 Max 8.
President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Federal Aviation Administration says safety will be his top priority if he is confirmed. Former Delta Air Lines executive and pilot Stephen Dickson says US aviation has an enviable safety record over the past decade. But he says the industry is only as good as the last takeoff or landing.
In testimony prepared for a Senate Committee’s confirmation hearing, Dickson said Wednesday that new technology such as aircraft automation and air traffic control systems can provide benefits. But they can also bring changes to a mature safety system that need to be managed carefully. Dickson also says making sure the FAA keeps its standing as the world’s top safety agency will be a priority if he’s confirmed.