Rep. DeFazio promises investigation into Boeing 737 Max

"That raises a host of red flags for me," said Rep. DeFazio.

Posted: Mar 22, 2019 7:06 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- With a nationwide grounding of Boeing's 737 Max, Congressman Peter DeFazio is now promising a federal investigation into Boeing.

DeFazio is also the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

A big question he has is why there wasn't pilot training for the jet. He said the 737 Max had a new automated system that's never been on a Boeing plane before.

"The bottom line is that this plane did not require extra pilot training, even though it had radically new systems on it," DeFazio said.

He said when a plane is substantially different than its predecessors, generally pilot training is required. It wasn't for this one.

"That raises a host of red flags for me," DeFazio said. 

He said he has an oversight investigative staff in the committee who are developing a specific line of questions for Boeing, the Federal Aviation Administration, and European and Brazilian regulators.

"Initially the Europeans said, 'No, no, no. This requires pilot training,'" DeFazio said. "And the Brazilians never changed their mind, so we have to get all those threads back to the FAA and Boeing and figure out how this happened."

All of the 737 Maxes have been grounded since the most recent crash, which happened in Ethiopia. Another 737 Max went down in Indonesia. No one survived either crash.

Some local flyers said once they're up in the air again, they'd trust it would be safe.

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