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DeFazio Statement on Boeing 737 MAX Lion Air Crash Report

Oct 25, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Peter DeFazio (OR-04), issued the following statement after Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee released its report on the Lion Air flight 610 crash. The report comes ahead of a hearing on Wednesday, October 30, at which Boeing CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, will testify. This will be the fourth hearing as part of a Committee investigation into two accidents involving the Boeing 737 MAX that killed 346 people. The accidents led to the worldwide grounding of the aircraft and the Committee launched an investigation to ensure accountability, transparency in the certification process, and most importantly the safety of the traveling public.

“This is a tough time for the friends and families of those killed in Lion Air flight 610 almost exactly one year ago today. The Indonesian authorities’ report sadly confirms many of the findings of my Committee’s investigation of the issues surrounding the 737 MAX—and it sheds new light on the horrifying final moments of Lion Air flight 610. It’s clear that reforms will be needed to ensure that future safety-critical systems don’t create single points of failure that bring down new commercial aircraft designs. I will continue to use every tool at my disposal to get to the bottom of the failures in the system that led to not one, but two tragic crashes. And I will be introducing legislation at the appropriate time to ensure that unairworthy commercial airliners no longer slip through our regulatory system,” said Chair DeFazio.

More information on the Committee’s Boeing 737 Max Investigation can be found here.