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Boeing board strips CEO of chairman title amid 737 MAX crisis

Boeing board strips CEO of chairman title amid 737 MAX crisis

Investigators recommended the FAA confirm the MAX's compliance with regulations regarding the plane's flight guidance system, flight manual and stall demonstration.

CNN first reported the panel's concerns this summer.

Morocco's national carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has suspended a deal to purchase two more Boeing BA.N 737 MAX jets after the same model of aircraft crashed in Ethiopia, a source from the airline told Reuters on Thursday.

The panel looked into the FAA's approval of a new flight-control system called MCAS that has been implicated in crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed 346 people.

The Boeing 737 Max was grounded following crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed a total of 346 people late a year ago.

In the wake of the two accidents involving the 737 Max, the FAA has come in for some strong criticism. "However while some modern safety tools were incorporated into the MAX's design, some were left out after Boeing deemed them 'impractical".

This report bears out a least part of that claim.

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The FAA's administrator, Steve Dickson, said in a statement that he would 'review every recommendation and take appropriate action.

But the problem remains: if certification depends on Boeing marking its own homework, how can the FAA be sure it's doing the job properly?

The task force that crafted the new report said if FAA technical staff had been fully aware of the details of the automated system, the agency probably would have required additional scrutiny of the system that might have identified its flaws.

In Friday's report, the panel notes that the FAA's difficulty in finding and hiring certification engineers with adequate knowledge of aircraft's increasingly complex automated systems also contributed to deficiencies in reviewing aircraft. European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) officials told senior US counterparts that one element of the fixes, having two flight control computers operate simultaneously, goes against decades of prior design and has not been adequately tested, the news agency wrote.

The FAA pledged it would act on the report's recommendations. "The accidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia are a sombre reminder that the FAA and our worldwide regulatory partners must strive to constantly strengthen aviation safety".

Boeing did not respond to criticism in the report but said it is "committed to working with the FAA in reviewing the recommendations and helping to continuously improve the process and approach used to validate and certify airplanes".