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There has been a global ban on flights of Boeing 737 Max following the Ethiopian Airlines crash. | Coastweek

There has been a global ban on flights of Boeing 737 Max following the Ethiopian Airlines crash.

Boeing 'finalizing' MCAS software update following Ethiopia crash

CHICAGO (Xinhua) -- 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. federal database.

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.
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Black boxes of Ethiopia’s crashed Boeing 737 sent to France for investigation

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 France.

"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 aircraft.

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.

The 737 MAX is designed to provide passengers with a comfortable flying experience and more direct routes to their favorite destinations.
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SEE ALSO:

'Plane was swinging widely: With smoke coming from rear end'

Ethiopian Airlines’ worst passengers jet crash leaving 157 dead

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Letter from Dennis Muilenburg, Chairman, President and CEO, Boeing Company

           

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