Boeing and FAA may have made choices that put flyers, and the company, at risk.

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Understaffed and underfunded, the Federal Aviation Administration decided to let Boeing make its own assessments about whether the new 737 MAX airplane was ready to fly.

Meanwhile, to keep costs and production time down, Boeing decided to use just one sensor, rather than two, to detect potential stalls and activate the automatic flight-control system. Now, after two disastrous, deadly crashes, there is suspicion that those were both seriously flawed choices.

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