US Senate introduces safety bill after 737 Max investigation

The chairman of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has introduced a bill aimed at implementing the findings of its year-long investigation of two fatal Boeing 737 Max crashes and increasing oversight at the US Federal Aviation Administration.

Senators Roger Wicker and Maria Cantwell, the committee’s ranking members, on 16 June introduced the “Aircraft Safety and Certification Reform Act of 2020,” which takes a tougher stance on the FAA’s aircraft certification process than a previous version of the bill.

The committee has been investigating since March 2019 how the FAA approved the 737 Max for flight despite automated flight controls that contributed to two crashes and 346 deaths.

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