The US Department of Transportation is setting up a committee to look at how the Federal Aviation Administration has approved the approval of new aircraft, as it has lifted surveillance of popular Boeing aircraft that were involved in two fatal crashes in less than five months, the DOT said on Monday.
The US teamed with dozens of other countries on 13 March following the Ethiopian Airlines crash to ground the Boeing 737 Max. The suspension forced some airlines that had recently equipped their aircraft with aircraft to stop the number of flights per day.
Investigators say the Ethiopian Airlines crash has shown "clear similarities" with Lion Air Flight 610, which crashed into the Java Sea in Indonesia in October at a similar stage of the flight.
The investigators of the Lion Air crash have noted that the pilots were fighting an automatic anti-stall system that Boeing had added to the aircraft before debuting in 2017. This system pushes the nose down from the plane when the sensor of the aircraft signals that it is in the stall. Pilots said that they knew the software only after the crash of the Lion Air.
Boeing is currently preparing a software correction to prevent the aircraft nose from being repeatedly depressed. For this, data of an additional sensor is used other changes. The manufacturer plans to inform pilots and regulators on Wednesday. Boeing is also preparing changes for the pilot training and manuals for the Max.
"Safety is the department's top priority, and this review by leading external experts will help determine if improvements can be made to the certification process of the FAA for aircraft." Chao said in a release.
The DOT is seeking members for the committee and accepting nominations by e-mail. "Co-chairs of the interim are the former Delta Air Lines pilot and former Air Line Pilots Association president Lee Moak, as well as the former US Air Force General Darren McDew, the former head of US Transportation Command.
Boeing did not immediately respond to a request for comment, his shares rose 2.3 percent to $ 370.46, but were up this month dropped by 16 percent.