In newly revealed audio recordings, pilots faced resistance from a Boeing official when they angrily confronted them about their safety concerns about the 737 MAX 8 aircraft months before the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 in March.
The House transportation and infrastructure committee questioned acting Federal Aviation Administration chief Dan Elwell and National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt about the planes, which have been barred from flight for two months.
The call for changes, which could have required the best-selling aircraft model to be temporarily grounded, were reported by The New York Times and CBS News after they obtained an audio recording of the November 27 meeting between the American Airlines pilots union and officials from the aircraft manufacturer.
The FAA investigated the issues after the union filed the report, it said in a statement.
Because so many nations grounded the 737 Max in March before FAA felt it had enough data to do so, Elwell said the aviation system wasn't as collaborative as it had historically been.
"I, at the beginning when I first heard of this, thought that the MCAS should have been more adequately explained in the ops manual and the flight manual, absolutely", Elwell said.
"We scan and filter every one of those flights for evidence that there were MCAS. anomalies in the USA fleet", he said, again reiterating that the FAA found no reports of that kind.
Representative Rick Larsen, a Washington Democrat who chaired the hearing, said he would press for answers to ensure safety.
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The pilots pressed Boeing officials why the planes were still in the air and why an emergency hadn't been announced.
"I'm pleased to have such a qualified nominee before us", said the committee's top Democrat, Maria Cantwell of Washington, who also praised Dickson for his service in the Air Force. "Boeing has yet to provide a single document", DeFazio said.
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio said Thursday (NZT) during a hearing that he hoped the aircraft manufacturer begins complying with requests for data on the plane's design soon as lawmakers grilled USA aviation regulators on the jetliner. A total of 157 people died in a similar crash in Ethiopia.
They believe that the FAA has been captured by the industry it is supposed to regulate and take great offense by Mr. Elwell's attempts to downplay the problems in the Boeing MCAS system and in the FAA's certification of the airplane. In both cases, the MCAS system was repeatedly trying to push the plane into a dive.
He claimed that the FAA was "directly involved" in approving the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) that is implicated in the Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 aviation disasters. The investigation results so far, however, have not suggested Boeing intentionally misled the FAA. No Boeing representative was scheduled to testify. This week Boeing acknowledged that factory-fresh 737 MAX planes are being sent to a San Antonio facility for storage.
The FAA had been without an administrator since January 2018 when Michael Huerta stepped down at the end of a five-year term.
Asked by Rep. Sharice Davids, a Democrat from Kansas, whether the FAA moved too quickly to certify the plane for flight, Elwell outlined the five-year process that ended in 2017, including almost 300 test flights, and said it wasn't out of the ordinary.