The Department of Transportation of the United States (DOT, for its acronym in English) has announced on Tuesday an audit of the certification made by the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) model 737 MAX 8 after the accidents registered in Ethiopia and Indonesia.
The Secretary of Transportation of the United States, Elaine Chao, has commissioned an inspector of this department a formal audit of the certification process for this model of aircraft after its MCAS stabilization system has been questioned – System of Increase of the Maneuver characteristics – presumably related to both accidents.
Specifically, the objective of the audit is “to compile a factual and objective history of the actions that led to the certification of the 737 MAX 8,” according to a statement.
Accident investigators Boeing 737 MAX in Ethiopia eight days ago, which left 157 dead, have found striking similarities to the plane of the same model crashed in October in Indonesia, as a result of which 189 people died.
“Safety is the Department’s main priority, and we are all saddened by the deaths resulting from the recent accidents involving two Boeing 737-MAX 8 aircraft in Indonesia and Ethiopia,” Chao stressed in his petition.
In this sense, the North American Transportation Secretary entrusts this audit to Inspector Calvin L. Scovel with the objective of “helping” the Department in making decisions and understanding the public, as well as collaborating with the FAA to ensure that its security procedures “are implemented effectively.”
After this announcement, from Boeing have transferred their commitment to full collaboration in the audit that is launched, according to a message posted on social networks.
The company is about to finalize a software update of the 737 MAX, as well as the corresponding training for pilots of this model that will address the problems discovered after the investigation of the accident of Flight 610 of Lion Air.
A technical team of Boeing is providing assistance to investigators from the Office of Accident Investigation Ethiopia, which will determine the appropriate time to disclose details time after information Recorder cockpit voice (CVR) is decoded and of the Flight Data Recorder (FDR).
In addition, the company works closely with the US Federal Aviation Administration. (FAA), with the US Department of Transportation and with the National Transportation Safety Board of the country on issues related to both accidents since October of last year, when the Lion Air accident occurred.