Apr 9, 2019 - World

Nations and air regulators join FAA's Boeing 737 MAX safety review panel

Front end of the 737 max 8 plane

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China, the European Aviation Safety Agency, Ethiopia, and several other regulators and countries have joined the Federal Aviation Administration's international team to review the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Per Axios' Andrew Freedman: The participation of international aviation authorities in part indicates some skepticism regarding the FAA's certification process, which is under investigation in the wake of the two 737 MAX crashes. By working with the FAA, international regulators may be betting that they will have access to more information to determine aircraft safety on their own, rather than merely trusting the FAA's safety review.

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