The civil aviation regulating US agency claimed that it followed completely the “standard proceedings” during the certification of Boeing jetliner whose anti-stall system related to the safety analysis of the flight control system, has become the base of the investigation, as well as scrutiny after the terrible crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.
The Federal Aviation Administration told in a mail to media, “ The 737 MAX certification program followed the FAA’s standard certification process”.
It claimed the proceedings were, “ well established and have consistently produced safe aircraft designs.” But the similarities has been experienced between the 10th March Ethiopian airlines crash of 737 MAX 8 which killed 157 passengers on board and the Lion Air crash in October in Indonesia killing 189 passengers, and it is seen from the recovered black box data from the crash scene.
The 737 MAX was a new aircraft which started to serve in the international airspace from 2017 May, introduced by Being as a competitor of Airbus’s medium-haul A320 Neo.
Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges told that research of the flight data recorder recovered from the victim Ethiopian plane and had represented the “clear similarities” with the crashing aircraft of Lion Air in Indonesia.
In the meantime of ongoing investigation, the preliminary recoveries in the Lion crash have emphasized on the possible breakdown of an anti-shell system known as the MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristic Augmentation System). The specific system based on the safety analysis of the flight control system has been developed by Boeing as an unusual forward placement of the plane’s engines to keep away stall. Expert has raised questions about the certification proceedings of the FAA after being informed that American pilots had registered severe complaints about the system.
As per the report of media sources, the FAA had consigned part of the certifications proceedings for the plane – including the MCAS -to the engineers of Boeing.
The original safety analysis report provided by Boeing to the FAA claimed “several crucial flaws”, including that the process was continued rapidly as Boeing fought to reach to the advanced integration on the A320 Neo from Airbus.
The report was published 11 days before the deadly Ethiopian crash in the last week. The FAA declined to comment on the newspaper report, remarking the entire investigations is still ongoing.
The Federal Aviation Agency defended its customs, persisting that the 737 MAX had to qualify in the multiple tests and reviews before being approved for flying. It claimed that the design of the aircraft was precisely examined, the tests in ground and flight were also conducted, and other civil aviation authorities were also taken counseling for ensuring the “airplane complies with FAA standards.”
In a statement, Boeing provided to the media claimed, “the FAA considered the final configuration and operating parameters of MCAS during MAX certification and concluded that it met all certification and regulatory requirements. ”