DOT investigating FAA amid two plane crashes

The investigation will determine whether the FAA was pressured to certify the Boeing 737 Max 8 plane and its flight control system. ABC News' Stephanie Ramos reports.
2:29 | 03/20/19

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We begin with a troubling new questions about airline safety in the wake of those true deadly crashes of a Boeing 737 for the first time captain Sully Sullenberger the hero from a miracle on the Hudson. Is speaking out pointing a finger at the FAA and Boeing. Prevailing a potential conflict of interest when it comes to safety. It comes as the Department of Transportation lots of the. A new audit were also learning about a near disaster involving the same Boeing jet one day before the crash and Indonesia last fall. ABC's Stephanie Ramos has those new details Stephanie good morning. Good morning today Boeing has said that the company is working on safety changes but. Investigators overseas and stateside are eager to find out what caused to those 737 to crash. The FAA is now under scrutiny as the department of transportation's inspector general investigates how they certified the Boeing masks airplane. And whether there was pressure to certify the 737 masks and its automated flight control system. This comes after similarities were found between the Ethiopian airlines and lion airplane crashes just months apart. Boeing says in a statement they will fully cooperate in the nodding you can't fix here playing until you know what the issue it is. Now the famous pilot from the miracle on the Hudson is calling out the FAA saying the agency and the aviation industry is too cozy. Captain Sullenberger writing an op Ed. Our credibility as leaders in aviation is being damaged in too many cases FAA employees who rightly called for stricter compliance were overruled by FAA management Allston under corporate or political pressure. We're now also learning that just did date before the deadly lion air crash last year. Another lion air Boeing 737 Max eight in Bali was reportedly saved by an off duty pilot. Bloomberg reports that the off duty pilot was riding in the cockpit and help the crew disable the malfunctioning flight control system and seen for the plane. But Boeing still has support in the industry statistics re. Really are overwhelmingly. In favor of our current system. And now we've had a single fatality. In a hundred million likes the United States. Regardless of lightens US investigators find the EU and Canada now say. They will review bowing to software fixes before allowing the Max plane in their airspace. Today Marcus Wright stuff you're almost think you're.

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