Boeing said Sunday it is finalizing a
software update and pilot training revision related to
MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System)
in 737 Max, following two deadly air crashes in less
than five months.
"Boeing is finalizing its
development of a previously-announced software update
and pilot training revision that will address the MCAS
flight control law’s behavior in response to erroneous
sensor inputs," Dennis Muilenburg, president and CEO of
the U.S. aircraft manufacturer, said in a statement.
Muilenburg’s announcement came after Ethiopia’s
Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges said earlier Sunday
that information recovered from the flight data recorder
of the Ethiopian Airlines plane showed the March 10
crash which killed all 157 people on board had "clear
similarities" with Lion Air’s crash in Indonesia in
October, which killed 189 people aboard. Both of the
doomed planes were 737 Max 8.
The MCAS is an automated safety feature on the 737
Max designed to prevent the plane from entering into a
stall, or losing lift.
Some pilots had complained about unintended nose-down
situations while flying the Max 8 jet, according to U.S.
There has been a global ban on flights of Boeing 737
Max following the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
The United States grounded all 737 Max 8 and 9 on
Wednesday amid mounting pressure.
Black boxes of
Ethiopia’s crashed Boeing 737 sent to France for
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia
(Xinhua) -- Ethiopian Airlines
said Thursday that both data and voice recorders
extracted from the crashed Ethiopian aircraft that
killed all 157 aboard on Sunday have been sent to
"An Ethiopian delegation led by Accident
Investigation Bureau (AIB) has flown the Flight Data
Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) to
Paris, France for investigation," the statement from the
Ethiopian Airlines Group read.
The decision to send both data and voice recorders to
France came a day after Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO
Tewolde Gebremariam revealed that the East African
country does not have the necessary equipment to
investigate the recovered voice and data recorders.
Gebremariam on Wednesday indicated that the voice and
data recorders will be sent to a foreign country so as
to undertake the investigation procedure.
On Monday, Ethiopian Airlines announced its decision
to suspend commercial operations of all Boeing 737 Max 8
The Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed near
Bishoftu town, about 45 km from the capital, Addis
Ababa, just minutes after takeoff from Bole
International Airport, killing all 157 people aboard.
A wave of countries, including notably the United
States, have grounded Boeing 737 Max aircraft amid
mounting safety concerns following the second crash of
the same model in less than five months.
The Boeing 737 MAX family brings the latest
technology to the most popular jet aircraft of all time,
The 737 MAX is designed to provide passengers with a
comfortable flying experience and more direct routes to
their favorite destinations.
'Plane was swinging widely: With smoke coming from rear
Ethiopian Airlines’ worst passengers jet crash leaving
Letter from Dennis Muilenburg, Chairman, President
and CEO, Boeing Company