Report: transportation department investigating FAA's approval of 737 Max jets

Ethiopia's transportation minister said the recent Ethiopian Airlines crash shows "clear similarities" to the Lion Air crash in Indonesia five months ago. ABC News' Stephanie Ramos reports.
2:19 | 03/18/19

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Transcript for Report: transportation department investigating FAA's approval of 737 Max jets
Now to the other big story this morning the investigation into the safety of Boeing's new jet grounded after those to a deadly crashes. Overnight the Wall Street Journal reported to federal prosecutors are now taking a closer look at the development of Boeing 737 Max jet. It comes amid new questions about the safety approval process and the ties between the FAA and Boeing. ABC's Stephanie Ramos has the new. Today couldn't. In France and Ethiopian officials are saying the but officials are already confirming what many suspected. Bust. The country's Transportation Minister now declaring that preliminary data from the black boxes recovered from the Ethiopian airlines plane crash shows. A quote clear similarity to the lion air mass it crashed off Indonesia in October. Both planes a Boeing 737 masks the NTSB is assisting Ethiopian officials in the investigation. Right now the Ethiopians are controlling the data and the investigation what's really needed are outside observers to help them make sure that there's transparency and accuracy. This data from both crashes right after take off shows the planes jolting up and down or radically. This is what triggered the FAA to join the rest of the world in grounding the 737 Max fleet. There may have been some design flaw in the Macs that led to in conjunction with pilot air one of these mishaps. If that's true it'll be a real black eye for Boeing. The Seattle times now reporting the FAA citing lack of funding of resources has over the years delegated increasing authority to bowling. To take on more of the work of certifying the safety of its own airplanes. And over the weekend grieving families in Ethiopia. Accompanying empty caskets draped in the national fly through the streets of the capital. Since the October line aircraft Boeing says they bandit designing a.'s software update to address a safety feature. Boeing says that update is almost complete today same time so many questions still remain Stephanie thank you.

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