T&I Committee Leaders’ Questions to FAA Administrator Whitaker on Boeing 737 MAX 9 Accident & FAA Oversight
In a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Whitaker, who is scheduled to testify before the House Aviation Subcommittee on Tuesday, February 6th, the bipartisan leaders of the Aviation Subcommittee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee outlined several questions the Administrator should be prepared to answer related to the January 5th rapid depressurization accident involving a Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft.
The letter was sent by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-WA), Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Garret Graves (R-LA), and Aviation Subcommittee Ranking Member Steve Cohen (D-TN). Tuesday’s Aviation Subcommittee hearing, entitled “The State of American Aviation and the Federal Aviation Administration,” will broadly examine many issues facing the FAA and U.S. aviation industry, including the recent 737 MAX 9 accident.
In their letter to Administrator Whitaker, the T&I leaders wrote, “We support the decisions made thus far by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding the MAX 9 aircraft, including the announced audit of Boeing’s quality control and safety practices and investigation into Boeing’s 737 MAX 9 manufacturing. These actions, including those regarding the return to service, are designed to ensure that the highest manufacturing and quality control standards are maintained throughout our aviation ecosystem.”
The T&I leaders asked the Administrator, “[g]iven the seriousness of this accident and this Subcommittee’s oversight responsibilities regarding civil aviation safety,” to be prepared to answer the following questions at the hearing: