FlyersRights Appeals the FAA’s 737 Max Ungrounding Decision

Lawsuit claims Boeing has not been forthcoming with all necessary information.

The FAA lifted the grounding order on the 737 Max on November 19.Boeing

Paul Hudson has been skeptical of the FAA’s order lifting the grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max since that day last month when the agency cleared the aircraft to once again carry passengers in the US. Hudson, president of FlyersRights.org, is one of four plaintiffs named in an action before the DC Circuit Court of Appeals to challenge the FAA’s decision to allow the aircraft to fly once again.

In a FlyersRights news release, Hudson said, “Boeing and FAA first declared the Max safe in 2017, then again a second time after the first crash in October 2018, and then incredibly a third time after the second crash in March 2019. Now the FAA and Boeing have declared it safe a fourth time, based on secret data and secret testing that is clearly legally inadequate. After reneging on their multiple 2019 transparency pledges to Congress under oath, to the public, and to shareholders, the FAA and Boeing now insist that the public should trust them this time, all based on secret data and secret testing by anonymous employees. Meanwhile dozens of questions and concerns raised by independent aviation experts have gone unanswered. Pilot retraining has been roundly criticized as inadequate.”

Hudson added, “While the FAA alleges, without evidence, that the Max, including the now-infamous and longtime-concealed maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS), has been fixed, many are still left seeking action or disclosure by the FAA. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee noted that Boeing did not fully cooperate with the Committee investigation, including by not turning over key documents. The Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Committee, Senator Wicker and Senator Cantwell, have also noted a lack of cooperation and transparency by Boeing and the FAA.”

FlyersRights is also litigating a December 2019 Freedom of Information Act request for documents related to technical fixes and testing with a host of aviation safety experts, pilots and the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) in support. The FAA, on behalf of Boeing, has either fully redacted or nearly fully redacted every document that has been turned over.

The case number for the challenge to FAA’s ungrounding order is 20-1486. (U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit). The notice of appeal can be found here. FlyersRights’ Freedom of Information Act case is Flyers Rights Education Fund v. FAA, 1:19-cv-03749-CKK (D.D.C.).

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