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The Wall Street Journal: Feds investigating FAA’s approval of Boeing 737 Max

The U.S. Department of Transportation is investigating the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval of Boeing Co.’s 737 Max jetliners, according to people familiar with the probe, an unusual inquiry into potential lapses in federal safety approvals for new aircraft.

The inquiry focuses on a safety system that has been implicated in the Oct. 29 Lion Air crash that killed 189 people, according to a government official briefed on its status. Aviation authorities are looking into whether the anti-stall system may have played a role in last week’s Ethiopian Airlines crash, which killed all 157 people on board.

On Sunday, Ethiopia’s transport minister, Dagmawit Moges, said there were “clear similarities” between the two crashes.

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