Two Boeing plane crashes that killed 346 people in five months were the 'horrific culmination' of design flaws, poor government oversight and a lack of action by the planemaker, US investigators have said.
Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration were both criticized in a scathing report by the House Transportation Committee after the crashes in Indonesia in October 2018 and Ethiopia in March 2019.
Both the stricken planes were Boeing 737 Max 8 jets – a model which met FAA requirements but was grounded around the world in the wake of the second disaster 18 months ago.
'The fact that a compliant airplane suffered from two deadly crashes in less than five months is clear evidence that the current regulatory system is fundamentally flawed and needs to be repaired,' the report released early Wednesday said.
Regulators are testing planes with revamped flight control software, and Boeing hopes to get the Max flying again late this year or early in …