Boeing faces SEC investigation over 737 Max wrecks, report says

Clay Curtis
May 25, 2019

The FAA met with its global counterparts on Thursday (US time) in Fort Worth, Texas for talks regarding the review of the software fix and pilot training changes that Boeing has proposed for the 737 MAX following two fatal crashes in October 2018 and March 2019.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Wednesday that Boeing has not yet handed over the proposed fix for the faulty automated control system for assessment, but some American carriers appear ready to put the plane back in the air.

United Airlines and Southwest Airlines Co. met earlier this week in Miami to draw up plans.

However, in a recent statement, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said that the company does not have a confirmed timeline for the 737 Max's return to service.

In addition to USA airlines, Boeing itself will have to prepare roughly 30 MAX jets that are sitting in storage in Washington state, and there's even more in Texas.

The agency came under criticism in March for failing to ground the Boeing 737 MAX as quickly as Europe, China and other countries.

"The public can trust that the FAA will not let the 737 Max fly again in the US until it is safe to do so", Elwell said, adding, "I'm not going down the timetable road".

Caution flags are shown on flight sensors on a Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane being built for Ukraine International Airlines at Boeing's assembly facility in Renton, Wash.

The path to getting the 737 MAX back in the air outside the United States remains even more uncertain.

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Boeing did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

On another front, the United States consumer protection activist and author, Ralph Nader, whose grand niece died in the Ethiopian Airlines March 10 crash, has called for a recall of all 737 MAX jets. The planemaker in April slowed production and said the two crashes had cost it at least $1 billion.

Once regulators approve the 737 MAX jets for flight, each aircraft will likely require between 100 and 150 hours of preparation before flying, in addition to pilot training, Reuters also reported on Thursday.

Elwell said that the process was still ongoing because the FAA had submitted further questions to Boeing about its technology fixes.

Pressed on the how they'll handle public opinion that the plane isn't safe, Elwell said, "Yes we need to be concerned if the public is concerned about flight, yes is that bothersome?"

Southwest's concerns about passengers who may not want to fly in the 737 Max are reasonable.

Each airline will be responsible for developing its own training plan once the FAA lays down guidelines.

"This was truly a remarkable day", Elwell told reporters after the meeting.

The second accident, involving an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8, led to the worldwide grounding of the fleet. All three have dozens more on order, meant to service booming air travel demand. Both have said they will start using the aircraft as spares if they are ready to fly before those dates.

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