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Why The Faa Certified Boeing's 777

In response to your question "Did the FAA go easy on Boeing?" (The Corporation, Jan. 29), the answer is an emphatic no. No aircraft in history has undergone FAA testing as comprehensive and thorough as the Boeing 777. Nearly 90 Federal Aviation Administration engineers spent more than 125,000 hours certifying this plane--over twice as long as any previous aircraft.

The decision to certify the 777 was based on scientific data and on extensive testing of the entire aircraft. Your article relied on documents from various stages of the process that were inaccurately portrayed as final documents. These documents represent the give-and-take that is critical to resolve certification issues.