Grounded Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are seen parked in an aerial photo at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, July 1, 2019.

Lindsey Wasson | Reuters

Boeing’s 737 Max was “marred” by technical problems, a lack of transparency and other issues, according to preliminary findings of a House investigation, released on Friday, into the beleaguered plane.

The Max has been grounded for nearly a year after two crashes killed all 346 people aboard the two flights. Regulators have not said exactly when they expect to permit the jetliners to fly again but they are reviewing changes Boeing made to improve their safety.

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure began probing how Boeing developed the planes and how regulators approved them three years ago. The crisis over the crashes, which had been Boeing’s bestseller, has cost the company billions, prompted it to suspend production and cost the former CEO his job last year.

The report found that the Federal Aviation Administration’s review of the planes was “grossly insufficient” and that the agency “failed in its duty” to find safety problems.

The report was released just days before the one-year anniversary of the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10, 2019, the second of the two 737 Max crashes that occurred within five months of one another.

Boeing and the FAA did not immediately comment on the report.



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