Mike Perrone, president of the union that represents about 11,000 FAA workers including safety inspectors, also addressed the subcommittee and said company employees now do more than 90% of the FAA's aircraft-certification work.
"We have discovered some anomalies and then we have directed Boeing to mitigate those anomalies", Elwell said, declining to set any timetable for returning the plane to service. United had already taken delivery of 14 Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft, before the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded the type and Boeing stopped deliveries. Rather, the company refers to the planes as 737-8 and 737-10 models ー their technical names.
Feinberg told Reuters his team will "start immediately drafting a claims protocol for those eligible", with the first meeting with officials from Chicago-based Boeing later this week in Washington.
"I think about their last six minutes a lot". "I wish I was there with them".
He said the airplane manufacturer - which has apologised publicly to the victims' families - had not apologised personally.
Boeing and their apologists want to shift scrutiny from their single-minded quest for short-term profits over safety and place it on foreign pilots, who like domestic American pilots, were left in the dark by Boeing..
"We have taken a thorough and methodical approach to the development and testing of the update to ensure we get it right", the company said in a statement to CBC News.
Al Jazeera's Shihab Rattansi reports from Washington, DC.
The same software was implicated in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in March.
"We know how important it is to assist the families of the victims who have endured a personal tragedy and will work to design and administer the fund and distribute the money as efficiently and expeditiously as possible", Biros said. "Do you want to fly in those planes?"
Paul Njoroge, a Kenyan living in Canada, described the lives that were lost in his family, including a 4-year-old who loved singing, a boy who wanted to become an astronaut, a retired career teacher, and a vibrant homemaker and community activist who promoted education in marginalized communities.
Njoroge and Stumo also urged legislators to require pilots be trained on flight simulators, not an online course as has been the case in the past, before recertifying the plane, a cost that would likely have to be borne by Boeing, although not all experts agree it's needed.
The Max was grounded worldwide shortly after that crash and it's not clear when it will be certified to fly again. Just this week, major airlines in the U.S. confirmed they'll be out of service until at least November, maybe even 2020.