Allred Pushes Federal Aviation Safety Officials for Answers and Accountability on 737 Max
Washington, D.C. -- The Dallas Morning News reported on the 737 Max hearing yesterday and Congressman Colin Allred’s (TX-32) effort as a member the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to ensure there is accountability and federal transportation officials are working toward improving our federal aviation safety protocols.
Watch Allred’s questioning at the hearing here: https://youtu.be/PYh63i1FHc8
Dallas Morning News: House lawmakers grill FAA over Boeing 737 Max 8, citing Dallas Morning News reports
[...] The News reported on Monday that American Airlines pilots were so unsettled by their meeting in November with Boeing officials that their union filed a federal open records request to learn more about the plane's approval process.
In a statement to The News, Boeing said on Monday that it's "committed to working with pilots, airlines and global regulators to safely return the updated MAX to flight once certified."
But Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas, pushed the FAA on Wednesday for additional context about the meeting between Boeing and the American Airlines pilots. He asked Elwell if Boeing told the FAA about the meeting and the pilot's concerns.
"My first indication of that meeting was when I read about it in the article," Elwell responded.
Allred then asked if the FAA should've been made aware of the meeting.
Elwell, while not commenting on that specific case, said that "any time a manufacturer that the FAA has regulatory oversight over becomes aware of a critical safety item, it should be made known to the FAA."
Allred responded that "if we've had a crash and our professional pilots here domestically are expressing their concerns, that's something the FAA should know about." Elwell didn't disagree, though he also added that he's been in regular contact with the pilots' unions since the crashes.