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Dana Milbank: After two faulty Boeing jets crash, the Trump administration blames foreign pilots

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19.05.2019

The U.S. aviation system needs urgently to restore the world's confidence after two crashes of Boeing 737 Max jets.

Instead, the Trump administration's top aviation official, goaded by some Republican lawmakers, informed the world Wednesday that the problem isn't that Boeing put a faulty aircraft into the skies, nor that the Federal Aviation Administration's lax oversight kept it flying. The trouble, they argued, comes from lousy foreign pilots -- particularly the ones on Ethiopian Airlines and Indonesia's Lion Air who died struggling to pull the Max jets from death plunges.

"I'm trying to be respectful because they're deceased," Rep. Paul Mitchell, R-Mich., said of the doomed crews. But, "do we not have concerns not only with the training of pilots in other nations, but the reliability of their logs?"

The acting FAA administrator, Daniel Elwell, shared this skepticism and said he "absolutely" wants to "take a hard look at the training standards globally."

Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., voiced concern about "the maintenance programs, the pilot experience requirements, the pilot training programs of the air carriers involved."

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