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Congressman Sires’ Statement on the Final Report on the Investigation into the Boeing 737 MAX Crashes

Sep 16, 2020
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Sires released the following statement regarding the release of the final report from the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Investigation into the Boeing 737 MAX crashes:

“Today the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure released its final report on the investigation into the two fatal crashes of Boeing 737 MAX aircrafts that occurred in 2018 and 2019, both of which took place within 5 months of each other. I am disgusted by the withholding of important safety information by Boeing from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), its customers, and pilots about the fact that the Angle of Attack (AOA) Disagree alerts were inoperable on most of the 737 MAX fleet, despite the system’s operation being mandatory on all 737 MAX aircrafts. Boeing had multiple opportunities to improve safety and, as the report shows, there is a troubling pattern of misjudgments by Boeing. I am outraged by the negligence and complete disregard for human life and am devastated for the families of the 346 victims of the two crashes whose deaths were preventable. The findings of this report prove that reform over the certification process is urgently needed and I will continue to work through this Committee to address these dire failures.”

The final report comes after a detailed investigation by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure into the crashes of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 and Lion Air flight 610. The report finds that costs, schedule, and production pressure at Boeing undermined safety of the 737 MAX and that the FAA failed to ensure the safety of the traveling public.