Forensics investigators and recovery teams collect personal effects and other materials from the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 on March 12, 2019 in Bishoftu, Ethiopia.

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Sully: FAA and airline industry have gotten too cozy

March 20, 2019 - 12:22 pm
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WASHINGTON (1010 WINS) -- Investigations continue into the Boeing 737 max jet plane crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.

Investigators believe new details about the first crash may help them solve the second.

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The frightening new details from the Lion Air crash in Indonesia, show the pilots struggled with their quick reference handbook -- a checklist for abnormal events -- and simply ran out of time.

The day before, a crew on the same jet shut off the anti-stall system, but the correct procedure was pointed out by a pilot riding along in the jump seat, Bloomberg reports.

The New York Times says FAA officials, when reviewing the designs of the Max aircraft, failed to give extra scrutiny to the new computer system. That system, intended to prevent stalls, is now one focus of the crash investigations.

Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, the 'Hero of the Hudson,' says the FAA has gotten too cozy with the airline industry.

"Our credibility as leaders in aviation is being damaged," he wrote in an op-ed, "In too many cases, FAA employees who rightly called for stricter compliance were overruled by FAA management, often under corporate or political pressure."

He also noted that aircraft manufacturing employees are often allowed to certify planes on their own.

"This, of course, has created inherent conflicts of interest, when employees working for the company whose products must be certified to meet safety standards are the ones doing much of the work of certifying them. There simply are not nearly enough FAA employees to do this important work in-house," he wrote in MarketWatch.

DOT Secretary Elaine Chao called on her agency's internal watchdog to open an inquiry.

Boeing said it is working to come up with a fix to the software.

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