Doubts Over FAA Ability to Set Global Safety Standards Arising

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After two fatal crashes of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, the US government has ordered to review the approval of Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane issued by the FAA. Doubts are arising over the ability of the US to set global safety standards.

Elaine Chao, the US transport secretary requested an independent inspector to audit the certification process of the currently grounded aircraft. The approval of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 was issued in 2017.

After reading out “black boxes” of the Ethiopian Airlines, officials said that it has “clear links” with Lion Air crash which also involved Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane, thus, now a focus is put on the process which was followed in order to validate the plane.

While the FAA is waiting for software updates from Boeing to be approved and later implemented on the MAX aircraft, aviation authorities worldwide are rising questions regarding their own processes of working with the FAA.

Some of them have expressed the will to carry out their own audits of the initial validation of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, others are waiting for software updates to examine it on their own.