Head Of FAA Promised Audit To Hold Boeing Accountable

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new chief of the Federal Aviation Administration says the agency will use more people to monitor aircraft manufacturing and hold Boeing accountable for any violations of safety regulations.

FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker faced questions Tuesday about FAA oversight of the company since a door panel blew off a Boeing 737 Max 9 jetliner over Oregon last month.

Whitaker told members of a congressional aviation committee, “The need to be vigilant on safety came clearly into focus on January 5th with the incident involving Alaska Airlines flight 1282 when the mid left mid cabin door plug blew out of a Boeing 737 Max 9 shortly after departure. I want to commend the flight and cabin crews for their professionalism and heroic actions to ensure the safety of everyone on board during that emergency.”

He spelled out how the F.A.A. reacted.  “Less than 24 hours following the incident, the FAA took decisive action to ground 171 MAX 9 airplanes. We then approved a thorough inspection and maintenance process that was performed on each of the grounded aircraft prior to returning to service.”

Whitaker also outlined next steps.   “We’ve begun an audit of Boeing’s production and quality control practices, and we’ve informed Boeing that the FAA will not grant any production expansion of the MAX. Until we’re satisfied, the quality control issues uncovered during this process are resolved. Going forward, we will have more boots on the ground. Closely scrutinizing and monitoring production and manufacturing activities. Boeing employees are encouraged to use our FAA Hotline to report any safety concerns. Let me stress the safety of the fine public is our mission. And we will continue to, it will continue to inform our decision making going forward.”

 

 

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