An aerial view of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft parked on the asphalt on March 21, 2019 in Renton, Washington.
Lindsey Wasson | Reuters
Some Federal Aviation Administration inspectors working on training requirements for the troubled Boeing 737 Max aircraft and other aircraft were underqualified, and the aviation safety agency misled legislators.
The investigation is under way Since mid-March, aircraft have been launched worldwide after two deadly crashes within five months. All 346 people died on board.
The US Special Representative Office sent letters to President Donald Trump and the legislators outlining his findings, which resulted from a complaint about the qualifications of FAA inspectors.
The FAA Audit and Evaluation Office announced in February that 1
"The FAA is entrusted with the crucial role of ensuring the safety of the aircraft." Special Counsel Henry J. Kerner said in a release. "The FAA's failure to secure the expertise of a security inspector for these aircraft endangers the flying public."
The FAA claimed to review the letter.
"We remain confident that we will remain faithful to Congress and our work aviation safety experts," the FAA said in a statement. "Air safety is always our top priority, and we look forward to responding to the concerns raised."
"All airline inspectors involved in the assessment of the Boeing 737 MAX were fully qualified for these activities," it said.