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The FAA calculated that Boeing’s 737 Max could crash a total of 15 times, killing more than 3,000 people, if it wasn’t grounded and fixed

If the Max suffered 15 crashes as bad as the two that actually happened, some 3,450 people would die, according to Business Insider's figures.
Lightning is seen through the window of a plane in November 2010.

Boeing removed a feature that protects its 787 planes during lightning strikes as a cost-cutting measure, even after FAA experts objected

The FAA administrator will be questioned by Congress today over its certification of the change to the 787 Dreamliner as well as the 737 Max.
A 737 Max aircraft at the Boeing factory in Renton, Washington.

The FAA wants to completely change how it certifies planes after it vouched for the Boeing 737 Max before it crashed

Federal Aviation Administration chief Stephen Dickson told The Wall Street Journal he wants to prioritize pilot behavior in its certification process.
Boeing's factory in Everett, Washington.

Internal Boeing survey hints at a culture of rushing through aircraft safety features in the years before 2 fatal 737 Max crashes

News of the survey, reported by The Wall Street Journal, comes as internal messages suggest Boeing misled authorities about the 737 Max's safety.
Starhopper — SpaceX's first Mars Starship prototype — hovers over its launchpad during a test flight in Boca Chica, Texas, on August 27, 2019.

New documents reveal SpaceX’s plans for launching Mars-rocket prototypes from South Texas

The Federal Aviation Administration's "written reevaluation" is SpaceX's ticket to launching orbital-class Starship prototypes from Boca Chica, Texas.
Starhopper — SpaceX's first Mars Starship prototype — hovers over its launchpad during a test flight in Boca Chica, Texas, on August 27, 2019.

The FAA made SpaceX boost its accident insurance 33-fold, to $100 million, before Starhopper’s last launch. Here’s why.

The Federal Aviation Administration is supposed to keep the public safe, yet also help private companies like SpaceX. Insurance helps bridge the gap.
Unpainted Boeing 737 Max aircraft are seen parked in an aerial photo at Renton Municipal Airport near the Boeing Renton facility in July.

Boeing is redesigning the flight-control system of the 737 Max to deal with a new flaw the FAA uncovered, reports say

The Federal Aviation Administration found a new issue with the 737 Max in June, adding to Boeing's problems after two crashes killed 346 people.
Boeing airplanes at Boeing Field in Seattle.

Boeing reportedly kept the FAA in the dark about big changes it made to the 737 Max’s flight-control software late in its development

The FAA was poorly positioned to oversee the safety of the automated flight system on the plane, according to The New York Times.
A KLM aircraft.

Dutch airline KLM apologized after a tweet telling followers you’re more likely to survive a plane crash if you’re sitting at the back

KLM's verified Twitter account in India shared the information as part of its #TuesdayTrivia competition. Both the account and KLM then apologized.
A man examines a pile of twisted metal gathered by workers during the continuing recovery efforts at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 on March 11, 2019 in Bishoftu, Ethiopia

Families of 737 Max crash victims say Boeing has not contacted them, offered support, or apologized since the disasters

Boeing has apologized publicly for the two 737 Max crashes that killed 346 people, but one victim's family said they deserved an apology in person.