US Senate to hold hearing on air safety following fatal Boeing 737 Max 8 crash

US Senate to hold hearing on air safety following fatal Boeing 737 Max 8 crash

- The US Senate committee that monitors the aviation industry has said it will seat on air safety in the country

- The seating is coming days after the Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed, killing 157 passengers on board

- Several senators disagree with the aviation authority on not having any reason to ground the aircraft

The Senate committee that oversees the US aviation industry will seat on air safety, following the deadly crash in Ethiopia.

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Senator Roger Wicker, made this known on Tuesday, March 12.

The senator also stressed the need to give agencies in charge of the aviation time to carry out proper investigation so that informed decisions can be made, CNN reports.

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He said: "It is important to allow the FAA, NTSB and other agencies to conduct thorough investigations to ensure they have as much information as possible to make informed decisions.

"Thousands of passengers every day depend on the aviation system to get them safely to their destinations, and we must never become complacent with the level of safety in our system.

"Therefore, the committee plans to hold a hearing reviewing the state of aviation safety to ensure that safety is maintained for all travelers."

The announcement of the hearing is coming days after lawmakers asked about and some demanding the suspension of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, who also sits on the committee, said he has informed his family and others to switch planes rather than fly on the Boeing 737 MAX 8.

He said: "There should be a full investigation but in the meantime, better safe than sorry."

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The senator also called for a very serious and rapid investigation, saying he is concerned the Trump administration may not take action despite how the rest of the world is taking actions.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) said that it will not ground the Boeing 737 airplane in spite of the pressure from senators and various workers’ unions to do so.

The aviation authority said there was no reason to suspend the service of the Boeing aircraft in its review which said there are “no systemic performance issues”. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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