July 24, 2019 / 3:49 PM / 8 months ago

U.S. Senate confirms former Delta exec to head FAA

WASHINGTON, July 24 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted by a 52 to 40 vote on Wednesday to confirm former Delta Air Lines executive Stephen Dickson to head the Federal Aviation Administration.

Safety concerns are an issue at the FAA, which is grappling with a review of Boeing Co’s grounded 737 MAX in the wake of two crashes that killed 346 in October and March, as well as broader questions about how it certifies aircraft and whether it delegates too much authority to manufacturers.

The FAA had been without a Senate-confirmed chief for more than 18 months. (Reporting by David Shepardson)

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