Mar 18, 2019
After two Boeing 737 Max planes crashed in similar circumstances within five months, the rest of the world quickly grounded these planes. But three days after the crash, the U.S. still had not. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said there was no evidence to justify an action against Boeing’s Max.
Only after President Trump announced the grounding a day later did the acting administrator of the FAA say “we were resolute in our position that we would not take action until we had data to support taking action.”
Data to support taking action? Nearly 350 people are dead! And they were in those planes!
Why did the FAA first act to protect Boeing, instead of passengers? In 2005, the FAA changed its rules to allow airplane manufacturers’ employees to test and certify its planes for the FAA! Boeing now has about 1,000 employees working on FAA assignments.
In other words, the FAA in the U.S. is an arm of Boeing. The fox is guarding the hen house!