The Federal Aviation Administration’s top official plans to tell a House panel on Tuesday that the agency will step up its on-the-ground presence monitoring aircraft manufacturing.
The official, Mike Whitaker, will appear before lawmakers one month after a door panel blew out of a Boeing 737 Max 9 jet while in flight, raising new questions about Boeing’s quality-control practices, as well as the F.A.A.’s oversight of the plane maker.
“Going forward, we will have more boots on the ground closely scrutinizing and monitoring production and manufacturing activities,” Mr. Whitaker plans to say in his testimony before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Aviation Subcommittee, according to excerpts released by his agency.
“Boeing employees are encouraged to use our F.A.A. hotline to report any safety concerns,” Mr. Whitaker plans to say. “And we will consider the full extent of our enforcement authority to ensure Boeing is held accountable for any noncompliance.”