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Parliamentary questions
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23 September 2019
E-002908-19
Question for written answer E-002908-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Clare Daly (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  The testing and re-certification of the Boeing 737 Max by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
 Answer in writing 

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) indicated to Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism that it would be conducting independent tests and re-certifying critical parts of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft instead of delegating testing to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

1. Could the Commission confirm whether these tests will extend beyond the MCAS flight software issue to the real problem of the aerodynamic instability flaw which the MCAS software was created to address?

2. Does the Commission have concerns about the limited scope of the FAA’s investigation into the fatal loss of control, and is EASA basing its re-certification of the 737 Max on that investigation?

3. What assurances can the Commission give that the de facto delegation of critical elements of aircraft certification to the same company that designed and built the aircraft, and the practice of delegated oversight, does not exist in Europe?

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