Democrats question FAA decisions on two Boeing safety issues

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© Reuters. Larsen speaks during House aviation safety hearing in Washington© Reuters. Larsen speaks during House aviation safety hearing in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two Democratic U.S. House lawmakers said on Thursday the Federal Aviation Administration overruled agency technical specialists on two Boeing (NYSE:) Co safety issues involving the 737 MAX rudder cable and lightning protection for the 787 Dreamliner that it said could be “potentially catastrophic.”

Representative Peter DeFazio, who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Rick Larsen, who chairs the aviation subcommittee, said in a letter that FAA management ultimately overruled after Boeing objected and “raise questions about how the agency weighs the validity of safety issues raised by its own experts.”

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