FAA Officials Defend Boeing Max Oversight In Senate Hearing

Law360 (July 31, 2019, 5:03 PM EDT) -- Federal Aviation Administration officials on Wednesday defended the agency's "sound" aircraft certification process, disputing reports that it compromised safety by delegating some oversight to plane-maker Boeing, whose now-grounded 737 Max jets have been heavily scrutinized since two crashes killed 346 people.

Members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies questioned FAA officials, including acting Deputy Administrator Carl Burleson and the FAA's head of aviation safety, Ali Bahrami, on what senators described as a troubling series of reports on the FAA's oversight lapses and a lack of transparency in its process.

Specifically, they called out...

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