Head of the FAA commits to ensuring Boeing is responsible for any breaches of safety regulations.

On February 6, 2024, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that they will be implementing stricter measures to ensure the safety of aircraft manufacturing, particularly with regards to Boeing’s 737 Max 9 jets. This decision comes after a recent incident where a door panel blew off a Max 9 jetliner over Oregon. FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker is expected to testify before the House Transportation Committee and address concerns about the agency’s oversight of Boeing.

The committee has requested answers about any previous quality control issues at Boeing and whether the company has made any improvements since the incident. The hearing will be streamed live at 10 a.m. ET. While no representatives from Boeing will be testifying, the company has been under scrutiny since the deadly crashes of Max 8 jets in 2018 and 2019.

In his written testimony, Whitaker promised that the FAA will take necessary action to ensure the safety of the flying public. This includes increasing staffing to monitor aircraft manufacturing and using their full enforcement authority to hold Boeing accountable for any non-compliance with regulations. The FAA also grounded most Max 9s for three weeks and will not allow Boeing to increase production until they are satisfied with the company’s safety procedures.

In a recent disclosure, Boeing announced that they will need to rework about 50 planes due to improperly drilled holes in the window frames. This further highlights the need for stricter oversight and accountability in the aircraft manufacturing process.

The FAA’s decision to implement these measures shows their commitment to keeping the flying public safe. As the investigation into the Oregon incident continues, it is important for both the FAA and Boeing to prioritize safety and take necessary steps to prevent future incidents.  

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