FAA chief acknowledges agency, Boeing made mistakes on 737 MAX

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The head of the Federal Aviation Administration, Steve Dickson, acknowledged on Wednesday that Boeing Co and the U.S. air safety agency both made mistakes on the 737 MAX jet, but rejected senators’ accusations the FAA was “stonewalling” probes after two fatal crashes.

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(Reuters) – The head of the Federal Aviation Administration, Steve Dickson, acknowledged on Wednesday that Boeing Co (BA.N

He also told lawmakers there were many items in the legislation “that are exactly on point,” including a provision that would authorize $150 million over 10 years for new FAA training and to hire specialized personnel.

Michael Stumo, whose daughter died in the Ethiopia crash, which came five months after the crash in Indonesia, applauded such reforms but told lawmakers the bill did not go far enough. Stumo demanded that manufacturers be subjected to a tougher certification process when they introduce an aircraft derived from models certified years before. The 737 MAX, for example, was derived from a plane first developed in the 1960s.

“The first crash should not have happened,” Stumo said. “The second crash is inexcusable.”

Reporting by David Shepardson in Truro, Massachusetts and Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Additional reporting by Tracy Rucinski; Editing by Steve Orlofsky, Leslie Adler and Sonya Hepinstall


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The head of the Federal Aviation Administration, Steve Dickson, acknowledged on Wednesday that Boeing Co and the U.S. air safety agency both made mistakes on the 737 MAX jet, but rejected senators’ accusations the FAA was “stonewalling” probes after two fatal crashes.

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