© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Boeing 737 MAX 8 sits outside the hangar during a media tour of the Boeing 737 MAX at the Boeing facility in Renton, Wash
By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US Department of Transportation's Inspectorate General announced Tuesday that it will be reviewing the November Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) decision to overturn the Boeing (NYSE 🙂 737 MAX and other governmental decisions.
The 737 MAX was discontinued in March 2019 after two accidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people within five months. The FAA cleared their recommissioning after significant safety improvements developed during the aircraft's 20-month landing.
The new audit will examine the FAA's actions following the two accidents, including the agency's risk assessments, aircraft grounding and subsequent recertification, the inspector general's office said. Boeing declined to comment.
The Inspector General's Office added, "The aim is to evaluate the FAA's processes and procedures for grounding
Aircraft and corrective action implementation. "
The FAA said it would "fully cooperate with the Inspector General's review as it would with any other external review of the agency's oversight of the Boeing 737 MAX."
FAA Administrator Steve Dickson told Reuters in November that he was "100% confident" in the safety of the 737 MAX.
The FAA introduced new training requirements on how to use an important safety system called MICAS, which has been blamed for the two fatal accidents, as well as significant new safety precautions and other software changes to ensure that the system does not activate inappropriately.
The inspector general released two previous reports on the 737 MAX, including one in February that identified "weaknesses" in the aircraft's FAA certification.
Legislation, which went into effect in December, revised the FAA's aircraft certification program and required an independent review of Boeing's safety culture.
Boeing agreed to a $ 2.5 billion deal with the Department of Justice under a deferred law enforcement arrangement in January after the government said the crashes exposed "fraudulent and misleading behavior by employees of one of the world's leading commercial aircraft manufacturers ".
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