Boeing, FAA share blame in certification of the 737 Max

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FILE- In this Feb. 5, 2018, file photo a Boeing 737 MAX 7, the newest version of Boeing’s fastest-selling airplane, is displayed during a debut for employees and media of the new jet in Renton, Wash. Boeing says it’s providing $100 million over several years to help families and communities affected by two crashes of its 737 Max plane that killed 346 people. The company said Wednesday, July 3, 2019, that some of the money will go toward living expenses and to cover hardship suffered by the families of dead passengers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – Boeing did not fully explain to federal regulators an automated flight system featured in its new 737 Max, and those regulators didn’t have the capability to effectively analyze much of what Boeing did share about the plane.

Those are the findings of a multiagency task force due to release its findings Friday, according to a report in The New York Times.

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

The task force only looked at the Federal Aviation Administration’s certification of the Max’s flight control system, but that allowed it to review the certification of the new automated system involved in the crashes.

The New York Times received a draft copy of the task force’s report.

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