Justice Dept. probing development of Boeing jets

Arturo Kim
March 22, 2019

The Justice Department investigation is reportedly a criminal matter. The same aspect has been noted as a link to the investigations on the Lion Air crash roughly five months ago.

Jean-Paul Troadec, the former head of France's aviation accident investigation bureau, told CNN that he saw flaws in the system.

The Transportation Department's inspector general also is probing the approval of the 737 Max by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), The Wall Street Journal also reported.

Ledwaba emphasised that immediately after the Ethiopian Airlines crash, SACAA started its engagements with Comair and Boeing.

Boeing's software fix was developed in the aftermath of the Indonesia crash when regulators suggested false sensor data could cause a system known as MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System) to overreact and make the jet hard to control.

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa on March 10, killing all 157 people on board.

The 737, which first entered service in the late 1960s, is the aviation industry's best-selling model and Boeing's top earner.

Boeing shares fell 1.8 per cent to $372 at end of trading in NY on Monday.

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Boeing's main rival, Airbus, has seen its stock rise 5 percent since the crash, but can not simply pick up the slack given the complicated logistics of plane-building. Engineers with the FAA reportedly did not read technical documents submitted by Boeing.

For Boeing, China's exclusion of Max purchases in a trade deal would mark another setback for a company that's reeling from a crisis of confidence over its top-selling plane, which accounts for nearly a third of its operating profit.

Air Canada said it's taking a number of measures to minimize the impact for customers, including aircraft substitutions, extending leases for planes, and suspending certain routes that were served by the 737 Max.

"The FAA considered the final configuration and operating parameters of MCAS during MAX certification and concluded that it met all certification and regulatory requirements".

On Monday, eight days after that crash, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg came out with a statement saying Boeing will maintain its "relentless commitment to make safe airplanes even safer".

Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg, facing the biggest crisis of his tenure, said on Monday the company understands that "lives depend on the work we do".

The CEO of Boeing has announced that the United States aircraft maker will soon release a software update for its troubled 737 MAX jets.

The 737 MAX was certified as a variant of the 737 Next Generation, the plane it replaced, despite major differences in the engine and the MCAS, according to documents available on the FAA's website.

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