Software upgrade for grounded Max jets weeks away - Boeing

Lester Mason
March 17, 2019

The United States and many other countries have grounded the Max 8s as the US -based company 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.

Ethiopian Airlines has offered the relatives of 157 victims of last Sunday's Boeing 737 Max plane crash bags of scorched earth to bury in place of their loved ones, reports say.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said findings from the crash site and "newly refined satellite data" warranted "further investigation of the possibility of a shared cause for the two incidents".

Asked about the timeline, first reported by AFP, a Boeing spokesman referred to a statement on Monday that the upgrade would be deployed across the 737 MAX fleet in the coming weeks.

"Overall, we view the interruptions from the 737 MAX grounding as a temporary, one-off issue", Spracklin wrote.

The investigations into both 737 Max crashes are underway, and expected to focus on the automated controls. The information that they contain helps explain 90 percent of all crashes, according to aviation experts. It now has 13 MAX aircraft in its fleet.


US President Donald Trump told reporters the "safety of the American people and all peoples is our paramount concern". Ethiopian Airlines says its pilots received special training on the software.

The crew can't do anything about it, and in the simulator; Aimer could not control the plane.

Both major Canadian airlines relied heavily on the 737 Max planes, and warned the groundings would cause delays and disruptions as they deployed other aircraft.

The plane measures 252 feet from nose to tail.

Speaking in a "panicky voice", the doomed aircraft's captain requested permission to return to the airport nearly immediately after takeoff as the plane "accelerated to abnormal speed", the newspaper reported Thursday, citing a person who had reviewed the air traffic communications. "Request vector (direction) for landing".

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said the doomed flight's captain was an experienced aviator with more than 8,000 flight hours.

The U.S. planemaker has been working on a software upgrade for an anti-stall system and pilot displays on its fastest-selling jetliner in the wake of the deadly Lion Air crash.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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