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FAA Tightens Boeing Design Oversight After 737 Max Crashes

Signage outside a Boeing office building in Arlington, Virginia.

Signage outside a Boeing office building in Arlington, Virginia.

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Employees at Boeing Co. and other manufacturers will be given new protections against company interference as federal regulators continue to tighten oversight of aircraft development following a pair of crashes of 737 Max jets.

The latest rules apply to engineers who are deputized by the US Federal Aviation Administration to review the safety of aircraft designs. Any concerns they raise about possible interference must be investigated and reported to the agency under an order finalized on Wednesday. Those employees will also be able to communicate directly with FAA at any time.