The U.S. Transportation Department’s inspector general plans to audit the Federal Aviation Administration’s certification of the Boeing 737 MAX after two fatal crashes involving the jet since October, an official with the office said Tuesday. The inspector general’s office is currently developing the scope and objectives of the review and is expected to formally announce and begin audit work as soon as possible, the official said. Earlier on Tuesday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao asked the department’s inspector general in a memorandum to conduct an audit to “assist the FAA in ensuring that its safety procedures are implemented effectively.” The FAA declined to comment and Boeing did not immediately comment on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Europe and Canada said they would seek their own guarantees over the safety of Boeing’s 737 MAX, further complicating plans to get the aircraft flying worldwide after they were grounded in the wake of two accidents killing more than 300 people. As the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) analyses Boeing’s plans for a software fix prompted by the first crash five months ago, the European Union’s aviation safety agency EASA promised its own deep look at any design improvements. “We will not allow the aircraft to fly if… Read full this story
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