Panel finds US aviation regulator failed in 737 MAX reviews

International panel says Federal Aviation Administration lacked ‘unified’ development of key flight control system.

Boeing’s top-selling aircraft, the 737 MAX, has been grounded worldwide since a March 10 crash in Ethiopia killed 157 people, the second fatal crash of the model in less than a year [File: Lindsey Wasson/Reuters]

An international panel of air safety regulators has harshly criticised the United States Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) review of a safety system on Boeing Company’s 737 MAX jet that was later tied to two crashes that killed 346 people.

The Joint Authorities Technical Review (JATR) was commissioned by the FAA in April to look into the agency’s oversight and approval of the so-called MCAS anti-stall system before the fatal crashes.

“The JATR team found that the MCAS was not evaluated as a complete and integrated function in the certification documents that were submitted to the FAA,” the 69-page series of findings and recommendations, revealed on Friday, said.

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