Senate panel probes whistleblower claims of poor FAA training on Boeing 737 Max approval process

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Stephen Brashear | Getty Images A Boeing 737 MAX 8 airliner takes off from Renton Municipal Airport near the company's factory, on March 22, 2019 in Renton, Washington.

The Senate transportation committee is launching a probe looking into whistleblower complaints accusing the Federal Aviation Administration of improperly training its safety inspectors to review the Boeing 737
Max jets.

"In light of recent 737 crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, the committee is investigating any potential connection between inadequate training and certification of Aviation Safety Inspectors who may have participated in the FSB evaluation of the 737 MAX," Sen. Roger Wicker, chairman of the committee, wrote to FAA Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell on Tuesday. "Allegations from these whistleblowers include information that numerous FAA employees … had not received proper training and valid certifications."

The FAA didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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