By Scott Hamilton
When Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg appears before the US Senate today and the US House tomorrow, he needs to be sure the company owns up to its role in the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crashes.
The advance copy of the opening statement to the Senate, released yesterday, heads in this direction.
But if Congress truly wants to understand how 346 people died and certification of the MCAS and MAX evolved, it damn well better hold the Federal Aviation Administration accountable, too.
There is little doubt Congress will put Boeing and the FAA through the meat grinder.
However, accountability doesn’t stop here.
Congress is every bit as accountable.
Year after year after year, Congress does not properly fund the FAA in order for it to do its work. It doesn’t give the FAA the money or the human resources or expertise to do its work.
Don’t hold your breath.
Members of Congress (although this hardly stops with MCs) are very adept at avoiding accepting responsibility.