Democrats call for key decisions on Boeing aircraft

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) - The chairman of the US House of Representatives transportation committee and another key Democrat asked the Transportation Department's inspector general on Tuesday to examine key decisions made by the Federal Aviation Administration in certifying Boeing's 737 MAX jet for use.
The request follows the March 10 crash of a 737 MAX jet in Ethiopia and the crash in Indonesia in October of another 737 MAX jet.
The inspector general's office said it would open an audit Tuesday into the plane's approval but has not disclosed what it will examine. Representative Peter DeFazio, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and committee member Rick Larsen said the crashes underscore "the need to take a more proactive approach with safety to protect the traveling public."
The two Democrats asked in a letter that the probe include a review of what "led to the FAA’s decision not to revise pilot training programs and manuals to reflect changes to flight-critical automation systems."
The FAA declined to comment on the letter.