FILE – In this March 27, 2019 file photo, Federal Aviation Administration Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell appears before a Senate Transportation subcommittee hearing on commercial airline safety, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Congress is stepping up its investigation into the FAA’s approval of the troubled Boeing 737 Max airliner, as members of a House aviation panel are set to question Elwell on Wednesday, May 15. The FAA promises to take all the time it needs to review changes that Boeing is making to critical software to the plane, which was grounded after 2 deadly crashes.
Andrew Harnik, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that Boeing should have done more to explain an automated flight-control system on its 737 Max aircraft before two deadly crashes, but he defended his agency’s safety certification of the plane and its decision not to ground the jet until other regulators around the world had already done so.

The FAA official, Daniel Elwell, said he expects Boeing to submit a fix to the plane’s flight-control software “in the next week or so.” The FAA will analyze the changes, conduct test flights and determine what additional pilot training is needed before letting the planes fly again, he said.

“In the U.S., the 737 Max will return to service only when the FAA’s analysis of the facts and technical data indicate that it is safe to do so,” he told members of the House aviation subcommittee.

During a two-hour hearing, lawmakers pressed Elwell on the FAA’s reliance on designated Boeing employees during the planes’ certification process and why the agency didn’t ground the planes sooner.

Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., told Elwell that the public believes “you were in bed with those you were supposed to be regulating, and that’s why it took …read more

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FAA chief defends handling of Boeing Max safety approval

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