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Aircraft manufacturers need more oversight

Congress is gearing up to take a harsh stance against the very loose oversights in the airline industry. This news comes after the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee both reviewed information about the 346 deaths that resulted from two Boeing 737 Max crashes.

Those two crashes were caused when a malfunction of the jetliner caused the nose of the aircraft to be pushed down until it crashed. Despite the knowledge of what happened in the first crash on Oct. 29, 2018, the aircraft wasn't grounded. It was only after the second crash, which occurred on Mar. 10, 2019 that Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration took the step to ground the plane. The United States was the last major government to do this as all others had already denoted that the 737 Max was unsafe.

The U.S. Senate measures to address this matter include major reforms to how new aircraft are certified. It also moves to add more protections for whistleblowers and to improve the international relationships surrounding safety in this industry.

It has been noted that obvious safety issues were ignored in favor of putting this aircraft in the air. This has led to a requirement that risk assessments completed by the FAA be handed over to Congress within seven days. The Transportation Research Board will also review the methodology used in creating the assessment.

Every individual who flies on any aircraft should be appalled at the lax oversight that's occurred with the airline industry. These changes that are being handed down from lawmakers are a step in the right direction, but more can be done.

Any individual who suffered injuries in an airplane accident, as well as those who lost loved ones in them, should step forward to take action against the aircraft manufacturer and other parties that share liability for the crash's damages.

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