Holy Cow. The FAA delegated safety assessments on the 737 MAX again & again to Boeing. https://t.co/8RsQfJaafY
— Colleen Mondor (@chasingray) March 17, 2019
I've studied & written about aviation accidents for a long time. It's one thing when a pilot does something wrong to cause a crash. But to have the aircraft turn on you; to be kept unaware of all the systems & their potential flaws — this is truly appalling for aviation safety.
— Colleen Mondor (@chasingray) March 18, 2019
This… does not sound great. But is there liable to be any action taken, apart from grieving families suing the company?
As Boeing hustled in 2015 to catch up to Airbus and certify its new 737 MAX, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) managers pushed the agency’s safety engineers to delegate safety assessments to Boeing itself, and to speedily approve the resulting analysis.
But the original safety analysis that Boeing delivered to the FAA for a new flight control system on the MAX — a report used to certify the plane as safe to fly — had several crucial flaws.
That flight control system, called MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System), is now under scrutiny after two crashes of the jet in less than five months resulted in Wednesday’s FAA order to ground the plane…
The safety analysis:
– Understated the power of the new flight control system, which was designed to swivel the horizontal tail to push the nose of the plane down to avert a stall. When the planes later entered service, MCAS was capable of moving the tail more than four times farther than was stated in the initial safety analysis document.
– Failed to account for how the system could reset itself each time a pilot responded, thereby missing the potential impact of the system repeatedly pushing the airplane’s nose downward.
– Assessed a failure of the system as one level below “catastrophic.” But even that “hazardous” danger level should have precluded activation of the system based on input from a single sensor — and yet that’s how it was designed…
Both Boeing and the FAA were informed of the specifics of this story and were asked for responses 11 days ago, before the second crash of a 737 MAX last Sunday…
It’s cool that there’s no confirmed head of the FAA because Trump wanted to give the job to his personal pilot and senators told him no so then he just lost interest in the subject.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) March 18, 2019
The FAA pushed to protect Boeing, even after its planes fell from the sky. Its lobbyists worked the administration hard. The president grew heavily & unusually involved in the decision — eventually announcing it even after he said he wouldn't. Our latest: https://t.co/0lrOATiyZw
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) March 17, 2019
–@dallasnews now reports that pilots repeatedly raised concerns about the 737 Max 8 and the lack of training, something Boeing had a financial interest in reducing the perceived need for.https://t.co/dT9jpEstrg
It's hard to see how this doesn't verge on criminal.
— Samuel Oakford (@samueloakford) March 13, 2019
But mah CAPITALISM!…
This is perfect. People are skeptical of capitalism because they blame this plane crash on it but don’t credit it for enabling the invention of human flight and the development of a global system of affordable air travel that’s safer than both driving and government run rail. https://t.co/YybEzZL8cA
— Conor Friedersdorf (@conor64) March 15, 2019