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Boeing Withheld Data on System Linked to Crashes, Report Says

  • Inspector General report on grounded plane critical of Boeing
  • Key FAA engineers weren’t aware of changes to flight system
A Boeing Co. 737 Max plane is seen at the company's manufacturing facility in Renton, Washington, U.S.
A Boeing Co. 737 Max plane is seen at the company's manufacturing facility in Renton, Washington, U.S.Photographer: David Ryder/Bloomberg
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Boeing Co. provided only “limited information” on the flight-control software later implicated in two fatal crashes on the 737 Max as it was being approved by federal regulators, a government watchdog report has found.

The Transportation Department’s Inspector General concluded that Boeing didn’t fully communicate to Federal Aviation Administration officials changes to a system that automatically pushed down the jet’s nose. That led the regulator to focus on other issues in its review of the plane.