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Source: Reuters

Boeing to offer safety feature as standard in 737 MAX software upgrade

Today 08:05 GMT

Boeing Co plans to offer as standard a safety feature that might have warned earlier of problems that possibly played a role in the doomed Ethiopian and Indonesian plane crashes that killed almost 350 people, two officials briefed on the matter said Thursday.

Boeing will mandate a previously optional cockpit warning light as part of the forthcoming software update to the 737 MAX fleet that was grounded in the wake of the fatal crashes, said the officials, who asked not to be identified.

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Source: Reuters

Ethiopia and Indonesia crash parallels heap pressure on Boeing

Tuesday 22:44 GMT

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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Source: Reuters

Boeing, FAA face more pressure from U.S. lawmakers over 737 MAX...

Today 02:25 GMT

Pressure mounted on Boeing Co in Washington as U.S. lawmakers called for executives to testify about two crashed 737 MAX jets, even as the world’s biggest planemaker worked to return the grounded fleet to the skies.

A Senate panel plans to schedule a hearing with Boeing at an unspecified date, officials said, the first time a U.S. congressional committee has called the company’s executives to appear for questioning over the crashes.

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Source: Reuters

Boeing, FAA officials called to testify in U.S. Senate on 737 MAX...

Today 02:25 GMT

Boeing Co faced growing pressure in Washington on Wednesday as U.S. lawmakers called for executives to testify about two crashed 737 MAX jets while the world’s biggest planemaker worked on returning the grounded fleet to the skies.

The Senate hearing, at an unspecified date, would be the first time that a U.S. congressional committee has called Boeing executives to appear for questioning about 737 MAX passenger plane crashes in October in Indonesia and March 10 in Ethiopia.

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Source: Reuters

U.S. Senate panel to first grill FAA, then Boeing after fatal crashes

Thursday 20:56 GMT

A U.S. Senate panel plans a hearing on March 27 on aviation safety after two fatal Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft crashes since October, and said it will also schedule a future hearing with Boeing and other manufacturers, officials said on Wednesday.

“In too many cases, FAA employees who rightly called for stricter compliance with safety standards and more rigorous design choices have been overruled by FAA management, often under corporate or political pressure,” he wrote.

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Source: BBC

US orders review of Boeing crash aircraft

Thursday 18:11 GMT

Reuters has reported that the US Justice Department has also begun preliminary inquiries into the FAA's oversight of the Boeing aircraft.

After the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines aircraft last week - which followed a Lion Air disaster in October - there were questions about why the FAA took so long to ground the 737 Max. Reuters has reported that the US Justice Department has also begun preliminary inquiries into the FAA's oversight of the Boeing aircraft.

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Source: The Guradian

Trevor Noah on Boeing: ‘How was a self-crashing plane allowed to fly’

Thursday 16:21 GMT

“Now the question has become,” Trevor Noah reported on Tuesday’s Daily Show, “how was a self-crashing plane allowed to fly in the first place?”

In the weeks since the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash, countries have worked together to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, whose sensor failure is suspected to have crashed two jets in the span of five months. “Now the question has become,” Trevor Noah reported on Tuesday’s Daily Show, “how was a self-crashing plane allowed to fly in the first place?”

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Source: Common Domain

Capt. Sullenberger on the FAA and Boeing: ‘Our credibility as leaders in aviation is being damaged’

Thursday 10:50 GMT

This nation’s aviation regulatory body, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has long been the gold standard of safety regulation in global aviation, often a template for other nations to follow in technical and safety matters.

Boeing and the FAA have been found wanting in this ugly saga that began years ago but has come home to roost with two terrible fatal crashes, with no survivors, in less than five months, on a new airplane type, the Boeing 737 Max 8, something that is unprecedented in modern aviation history.

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Source: Global News

Canada, EU reviewing certification approval of Boeing 737 MAX after FAA probe

Wednesday 17:16 GMT

Canada and the European Union say they are re-examining the approval it gave Boeing 737 MAX jets, following reports of a U.S. investigation into the Federal Aviation Administration certification of the aircraft.

Canada urged to review aircraft certification agreement with U.S. following Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes. Canada accepted the FAA’s certification of the MAX in June 2017 under a bilateral agreement where such approvals by the U.S. are almost always accepted by Canada and vice versa.

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Source: The Guradian

Boeing 737 Max: US prosecutors investigate plane after fatal crashes

Tuesday 17:14 GMT

US federal prosecutors and regulators have opened an inquiry into the development of Boeing 737 Max airplanes following two fatal crashes, a move that comes as scrutiny is mounting over Boeing and the US’s top aviation regulator’s role in certifying the aircraft.

The investigation comes days after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded 737 Max planes indefinitely following the Ethiopian Airlines disaster earlier this month, which came less than five months after a Lion Air 737 Max crashed in Indonesia, killing everyone onboard.

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Source: Global News

‘Several crucial flaws’: Report says FAA overlooked warnings on Boeing 737 MAX 8

Tuesday 20:00 GMT

The United States’ Federal Aviation Authority has come under fire over its relationship with Boeing amid safety concerns over 737 MAX 8 planes.

How the Boeing 737 MAX 8 involved in the Ethiopian Airlines crash is different from older 737s. And the resulting safety report from Boeing, according to the news outlet, contained “several crucial flaws.” The report understated the power of the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) flight control system.

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Source: Fox News

Boeing, FAA questioned about safety of 737 MAX safety system days before Ethiopian Airlines crash

Tuesday 15:25 GMT

The system that's been at the center of speculation in the Ethiopia crash investigation and the probe of the October crash of a Lion Air jet.

And, in the days after the crash, distinct similarities have been found between the Ethiopian Airlines crash and that of a Lion Air flight in October 2018, which left 189 people dead. Both planes with 737 MAXs  and used the MCAS safety system, which, in a bid to stop a flight from stalling above the clouds, pushes a plane's nose down if a safety sensor detects pushing the plane's nose up.

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Source: The Guradian

Trump picks ex-Delta exec to lead FAA amid questions over Boeing crash

Wednesday 23:39 GMT

President Donald Trump has tapped a former Delta Air Lines executive to lead the Federal Aviation Administration as the regulator deals with questions about its approval of a Boeing airliner involved in two deadly crashes within five months.

Separately, the transportation department confirmed that its watchdog agency will examine how the FAA certified the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, the now-grounded plane involved in two fatal accidents within five months.

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Source: Reuters

Ethiopian crash crew's voices could unlock high-stakes Boeing inquiry

Wednesday 10:50 GMT

The voices of Captain Yared Getachew and First Officer Ahmednur Mohammed could reveal what led to the March 10 crash of the Boeing 737 MAX that has worrying parallels with another disaster involving the same model off Indonesia in October.

The investigation into the final minutes of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 turned on Tuesday to the secrets in the cockpit voice recorder as Boeing and a shaken global aviation industry hung on the outcome.


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