Republican Sen. John Thune — who has oversight of the aviation industry and the FAA as a member of the Aviation subcommit
tee of the Commerce and Transportation Committee — said Tuesday he would “prefer flying on some other plane” rather than Boeing’s 737 MAX 8.
Thune, who is also a the second-ranking Senate Republican leader, seemed to suggest he would be open to ground
ing the planes if the evidence pointed to it, but stopped short of saying the planes should be grounded at this po
int unless and until an NTSB investigation finds there is a problem with the plane.
He said he will also wait for the investigation before considering hearings in
his subcommittee. He said he has not talked to anyone at Boeing about his concerns.
Reporter: Would you safe flying a Super Max 8 right now? Would you fly on it?
Senator Thune: “Uhh…well, I guess I would uh, probably like everybody else, prefer flying on some other plane.”