Lawmakers will quiz new FAA chief over review of Boeing jet

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FILE – In this April 10, 2019, file photo a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane being built for India-based Jet Airways, takes off on a test flight at Boeing Field in Seattle. Boeing hopes to resume deliveries of its 737 Max jet to airlines in December and win regulatory approval to restart commercial service with the plane in January. Boeing shares rose in midday trading Monday, Nov. 11. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The head of the Federal Aviation Administration will face questions next week from a congressional panel about the agency’s review of the Boeing 737 Max, which has been grounded since two crashes that killed 346 people.

The House Transportation Committee said Monday that FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson will testify at a hearing Dec. 11.

It is taking much longer than Boeing expected to update the Max’s flight software and computers and put together a pilot-training course. It’s not clear whether the company can meet its goal of resuming deliveries of the plane this month.

Dickson said last week that the FAA will handle the review of all Max jets built since the grounding – estimated to be more than 300 planes – rather than delegating some of that work to Boeing employees.

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