Ethiopia and Indonesia crash parallels heap pressure on Boeing

Investigators into the Boeing Co 737 MAX crash in Ethiopia have found striking similarities in a vital flight angle with an airplane that came down off Indonesia, a source said, piling pressure on the world’s biggest planemaker.

Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg sought on Sunday to allay some fears, saying the company was finishing a software update and pilot training revision “that will address the MCAS flight control law’s behavior in response to erroneous sensor inputs.”

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Ethiopian Airlines black boxes show similarities to Lion Air crash:...

Ethiopia said on Sunday the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that killed 157 people had “clear similarities” with October’s Lion Air crash, according to initial analysis of the black boxes recovered from the wreckage of the March 10 disaster.

Investigators are trying to determine why the aircraft plunged into a field shortly after take off from Addis Ababa, searching for possible similarities to an October Lion Air crash that killed 189 people.

Global News -
Ethiopian Airlines black box data shows ‘clear similarities’ with Lion Air crash: ministry

Ethiopia said on Sunday the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that killed 157 people had “clear similarities” with October’s Lion Air crash, according to analysis of the black boxes recovered from the wreckage of the March 10 disaster.

Ethiopian Airlines says DNA testing of crash victims could take 6 months. “It was the same case with the Indonesian (Lion Air) one. There were clear similarities between the two crashes so far,” Ethiopian transport ministry spokesman Muse Yiheyis said.

Fox News -
Ethiopian Airlines crash data shows ‘clear similarities’ with Lion Air accident, transport minister says

Preliminary data retrieved from the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed last week with 157 people aboard showed "clear similarities" with the Lion Air flight that plunged into the sea shortly after takeoff last October in Indonesia, Ethiopia’s transport minister said Sunday.

Officials retrieved the black box of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in “good condition” and were able to “extract almost all of the data inside,” Ethiopia’s Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges told reporters Sunday.

The Guardian -
Ethiopian Airlines crash: thousands turn out for funeral service

Thousands of people have mourned Ethiopian victims of the Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crash, as 17 empty caskets draped in the national flag were accompanied through the streets of the capital, Addis Ababa.

The US and many other countries have now grounded the Max 8s as Boeing faces the challenge of proving the jets are safe to fly amid suspicions that faulty sensors and software contributed to the two crashes that killed 346 people in less than six months.

DW -
Ethiopians hold mass funeral for plane crash victims

Thousands of Ethiopians gathered at the capital's Holy Trinity Cathedral on Sunday for a mass funeral to honor the 157 victims of last week's Boeing 737 Max plane crash.

Investigators in Paris have begun examining the plane's black boxes in the hope of gleaning more information about the cause of the crash. Ethiopia had initially asked Germany to carry out the analysis but approached French authorities when Germany's air accident investigation agency said it did not have the necessary capacity.

Reuters -
Airlines fear long grounding of Boeing 737 MAX jets after Ethiopian...

The grounding of Boeing’s 737 MAX jets after the crash in Ethiopia has had no immediate financial impact on airlines using the planes, but it will get painful for the industry the longer they do not fly, companies and analysts said on Friday.

For airlines that over-ordered the 737 MAX, the grounding could provide an excuse to delay or cancel purchases, analysts said, though others are scrambling to adjust business plans that bet heavily on the fuel-efficient, longer-range jets.

Reuters -
Ethiopia crash may test Boeing's success in defeating U.S....

(Reuters) - The crash of Boeing Co’s 737 MAX 8 passenger jet in Ethiopia raises the chances that families of the 157 victims, even non-U.S.

While manufacturers in the past have enjoyed broad protection under the Federal Aviation Act, a decision by the 3rd U.S. Court of Appeals has called into question whether manufacturers can rely on preemption when they could have easily submitted changes to the FAA for approval.

Reuters -
Boeing 737 MAX jets could be grounded for weeks as black box probe...

Boeing Co’s 737 MAX 8 and 9 planes will be grounded for weeks if not longer until a software upgrade can be tested and installed, U.S. lawmakers said on Thursday, as officials in France prepare to begin analyzing the black boxes from a jet that crashed in Ethiopia.

Boeing declined to comment, but said Monday it would roll out the software improvement “across the 737 MAX fleet in the coming weeks.”

ABC News -
New delay in retrieving initial data from 737 MAX 8 'black boxes'

A readout of initial data on the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash won't happen until at least Friday, the French aviation safety bureau said Thursday, despite assurances from the head of the Federal Aviation Administration Thursday morning that answers could come later in the day.

Arrived in France Wednesday night, they didn't arrive at the French aviation safety bureau, known as the BEA, until 1 p.m. local time on Thursday, the bureau said. Meetings began after the Ethiopian investigators arrived, the BEA said, but "technical work will start tomorrow."

DW -
Ethiopian Airlines black boxes flown to Paris for investigation

A delegation from Ethiopia was flying to Paris on Thursday to deliver the black boxes from the recently crashed Boeing 737 MAX.

Given the apparent similarities between the Lion Air and the Ethiopian Airlines crash, Boeing will be closely watching any findings of the Paris investigation. German investigators said they could not analyze the boxes, as their systems were incompatible with Boeing software.

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