Washington, DC – The Department of Transportation’s inspector general told senators on Wednesday that the agency’s actions in response to the fatal crashes of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft had “shaken” confidence in the Federal Aviation Administration.

“Clearly confidence in the FAA as the gold standard in aviation safety has been shaken,” Calvin Scovel, Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), said during a Senate hearing on US aviation safety.

Outgoing FAA acting administrator Daniel Elwell also testified, assuring the public that all planes can and will crash. Even those planes with parachutes crash, they just do it in slow motion.

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