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Source: The Guradian

Doomed Boeing planes lacked two optional safety features – report

Friday 15:25 GMT

Boeing reportedly sold the 737 Max planes that crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia without two safety features that the US aircraft manufacturer offers airlines for an additional cost.

The two safety features in question were an “angle of attack indicator” and an “angle of attack disagree light”, both of which were not included in the aircraft by Boeing as standard safety features, according to a report in the New York Times.

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Source: DW

Frankfurt Airport halts flights after drone sighted

Saturday 14:29 GMT

Flights in and out of Frankfurt Airport were briefly halted on Friday after at least one drone was sighted flying in the southern area of the airport, a spokesman said.

Air traffic was halted at Frankfurt Airport for around 30 minutes after a drone was spotted nearby, a spokesperson said. "Our priority is safety first," the airport said, albeit downplaying reports of "chaos."

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Source: Global News

Downed Boeings void of optional safety features — some Canadian 737 MAX 8s didn’t have them either

Friday 18:10 GMT

The two Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes involved in deadly crashes in the past six months lacked safety features — because they came at an added cost to airlines, The New York Times has reported.

Boeing charged extra for safety features in the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets — angle of attack indicators and angle of attack disagree lights — something budget airlines often can’t afford. While it’s unclear what caused the planes to crash, Boeing has said it will make the light a standard feature on the planes.

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Source: Reuters

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

Friday 18:10 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

Boeing to mandate safety feature in MAX software upgrade: sources

Saturday 08:04 GMT

Boeing Co will mandate on MAX jets a previously optional cockpit warning light, which might have warned of problems that possibly played a role in the recent crashes of Ethiopian and Indonesian planes, two officials briefed on the matter said.

The safety feature is expected to be offered as part of a software update to the MAX fleet that was grounded in the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines crash, said the officials who asked not to be identified.


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