BLUMENTHAL & MARKEY STATEMENT ON INTERNATIONAL PANEL’S REPORT ON BOEING & FAA AIRCRAFT SAFETY FAILURES
[WASHINGTON, DC] — U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, today released the following statement after the Joint Authorities Technical Review (JATR)—an international panel—issued its report on the two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft crashes that killed 346 people:
“The facts included in this report confirm our worst fears about a failed, broken system of aviation safety scrutiny. As we have warned, the FAA delegating its responsibility to Boeing was doomed for disaster – especially when Boeing put its own interests ahead of air safety. These recommendations require instant action, not delay. The 737 MAX should be grounded until there is clear, strong action to correct systemic defects that the tragic 737 MAX crashes have shockingly revealed,” said the senators.