In wake of 737 MAX incidents, FAA calls for stricter Airliner design scrutiny

  • FAA announces stricter airliner design approval measures after Boeing 737 MAX incidents.
  • The public and industry can comment on these changes before they take effect in 30 days.
  • The move aims to address concerns from investigations into the crashes off Indonesia and Ethiopia.

WASHINGTON D.C. — In response to the tragic Boeing Co. 737 MAX crashes in 2018 and 2019, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reinforcing its protocols for approving airliner designs. Announced via a press release on Wednesday, these new guidelines aim to ensure aircraft manufacturers provide comprehensive details about non-standard designs that may require enhanced scrutiny during evaluations.

The FAA's decision to fortify its procedures comes after detailed investigations into the two crashes, which took place off the coasts of Indonesia and Ethiopia. Findings from these investigations revealed that Boeing officials had adjusted a crucial safety system, responsible for the aircraft's nose positioning, without sufficiently informing FAA engineers.

These proposed regulatory adjustments are currently open for public and industry feedback. After a 30-day review period, they will be formally integrated. This initiative by the FAA is among various steps driven by legislative orders to address and rectify concerns raised by the aviation community and public after the unfortunate 737 MAX incidents.