Families and friends who lost loved ones in the 2019 Boeing 737 MAX crash today (Tuesday, October 19, 2021) are calling on the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to end the aircraft manufacturer’s capability to certify its own aircraft, a provision allowed in a program called the Organization Designation Authority (ODA) that allows third parties to perform the functions of the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA).
Hundreds of family and friends of the 157 people killed aboard the Boeing 737 MAX plane that crashed in Ethiopia in March 2019 ask DOT officials, including Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the DOT administrator Stephen Dickson, to withdraw Boeing’s ability to certify its aircraft because “it has become clear that Boeing is not a company that can be entrusted with the public safety responsibilities conferred by the ODAAccording to their petition to the DOT dated October 19, 2021.
Dickson is scheduled to testify before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Thursday at 10 a.m. EST (October 21, 2021), the third anniversary of the Lion Air 610 crash, the first MAX crash that left 189 people dead in edge. The Committee is supposed to “review the work underway within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to implement the bipartite aircraft certification, safety and liability provisions of the Act. “
Petition Cites 15 Reasons Boeing Misconduct Is Forcing FAA To Terminate Boeing ODA, Including “Company” Dealdeceive the FAA “ on the methods used by the MAX aircraft “through misleading statements, half-truths and omissions, “creation”an ODA culture that puts undue pressure on engineering staff not to be able to exercise independent judgment without organizational conflicts of interest,” and “not isolate ODA from Boeing’s profit motives. “
Chris Moore of Toronto, Canada, and father of Danielle Moore, 24, who was killed in the crash, said: “The ODA process is based on trust in the organization that has the authority to certify the product. This same organization garners more than a billion dollars in revenue per week; CEOs and directors take bonuses for improving quarterly earnings. However, the ODA process has a weak qualification process that does not require professional engineers to meet criteria, no code of ethics, and a flawed whistleblower process largely due to conflicting officials. How to have confidence in security?“
The petition follows Mark Forkner’s indictment on Thursday (October 14, 2021). The former chief pilot of the new plane has been charged by the US Department of Justice with six counts for his actions, including lying during the certification process for the new plane. He pleaded not guilty in federal court in Texas on Friday (October 15, 2021).