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Capt. 'Sully' Sullenberger Blames Boeing, FAA for 737 Max 8 Crashes

Capt. 'Sully' Sullenberger Blames Boeing, FAA for 737 Max 8 Crashes

By    |   Tuesday, 19 March 2019 05:09 PM

Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the retired airline pilot who landed a passenger jet in the Hudson River after both of its engines went out, argues in a new column the "ugly saga" involving Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has resulted in two deadly crashes of the 737 Max 8 plane.

Sullenberger wrote an opinion piece for MarketWatch and said the crashes — which occurred last week and in October — have hampered the public's trust in the system.

"But now, our credibility as leaders in aviation is being damaged. Boeing and the FAA have been found wanting in this ugly saga that began years ago but has come home to roost with two terrible fatal crashes, with no survivors, in less than five months, on a new airplane type, the Boeing 737 Max 8, something that is unprecedented in modern aviation history," Sullenberger wrote.

Sullenberger, a former military fighter pilot who later spent 30 years flying commercially for U.S. Airways before his 2010 retirement, then accused the federal government of supplying the FAA with too small a budget that has prevented the agency from doing its job.

"For too many years, the FAA has not been provided budgets sufficient to ensure appropriate oversight of a rapidly growing global aviation industry," he wrote. "Instead, much of the work has been outsourced by designating aircraft manufacturer employees to do the work on behalf of the FAA. This, of course, has created inherent conflicts of interest, when employees working for the company whose products must be certified to meet safety standards are the ones doing much of the work of certifying them.

"To make matters worse, there is too cozy a relationship between the industry and the regulators."

An anti-stall system on the Boeing 737 Max 8 is the suspected cause of the November crash of a Lion Air flight, and investigators looking at the most recent crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight believe there are similarities between the two incidents that killed everyone onboard.

"When flight testing revealed an issue with meeting the certification standards, [Boeing] developed a fix, Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), but did not tell airline pilots about it," Sullenberger wrote. "In mitigating one risk, they seem to have created another, greater risk."

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Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the retired airline pilot who landed a passenger jet in the Hudson River after both of its engines went out, argues in a new column the "ugly saga" involving Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has resulted in two deadly...
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