April 01, 2019

As Part of Investigation into Boeing 737 MAX Certification Process, Committee Sends Records Requests to FAA, Boeing

Washington, DC- Today, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure sent letters to both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Boeing to request records related to the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The records and responses will help further the Committee’s investigation.

“As I have said before, the Committee’s investigation will be deliberate, thorough, and effective,” said Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR). “Understanding where things went wrong is critically important because tragedies like this should not happen. In the end, we hope our oversight efforts will help strengthen aviation safety. These request letters represent only the start of our investigation and finding answers to our questions will take some time.”

“The two recent accidents involving the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft have raised legitimate safety concerns,” said Aviation Subcommittee Chair Rick Larsen (D-WA). “Safety must always be Congress’ number one priority. The Committee will continue to conduct rigorous oversight with every tool at our disposal to prevent tragedies like these from happening again.”

The Committee recently established a whistleblower webpage and is encouraging any current or former officials or employees of Boeing and the FAA who are familiar with the FAA’s aircraft certification program to share any information that would be of interest to the Committee and its investigation into the FAA’s certification of the Boeing 737 MAX. The website allows anyone to submit information anonymously.

The Whistleblower webpage can be found here: https://democrats-transportation.house.gov/whistleblower-rights