Air crashes force Boeing to cut 737 production

Arturo Kim
April 6, 2019

Boeing president added with the release of the preliminary report of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 accident investigation, it was apparent that in both flights, the MCAS was activated in response to erroneous angle of attack information. The crash, which took place on March 10, marked the second fatal crash of a almost brand-new Boeing 737 Max airliner since October and precipitated the grounding of the global 737 Max fleet. The American-made jet, carrying 149 passengers and 8 crew members, was headed to Nairobi, Kenya.

Boeing's chief executive officer also said the company was "sorry for the lives lost". The plane pitched down at a 40-degree angle, smashing into a field outside Addis Ababa at about 500 knots (920 kilometres per hour).

Despite following orders and striving to protect the passengers, the aircraft crashed just outside of Addis Ababa, killing everyone on board.

In a statement, Boeing acknowledged the faulty data from the sensor activated the MCAS system, which was similar to circumstances in the Lion Air crash.

The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that "Blinded by its greed, Boeing haphazardly rushed the 737 Max 8 to market, with the knowledge and tacit approval of the United States Federal Aviation Administration ... while Boeing actively concealed the nature of the automated (flight control) system defects". And failing to fully fix the trim before MCAS is deactivated can make it physically impossible for pilots to control the plane, Fehrm said.

"The history of our industry shows most accidents are caused by a chain of events".

On behalf of Boeing, Muilenburg said, "All of us feel the huge gravity of these events across our company and recognize the devastation of the families and friends of the loved ones who perished". It " s our responsibility to eliminate this risk.

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"We've always been relentlessly focused on safety and always will be; it is at the very core of who we are at Boeing and we know we can always be better".

"Boeing's technical experts continue to assist in this investigation and company-wide teams are working to address lessons from the Lion Air Flight 610 accident in October". Now, the manufacturer says it is nearing the completion, expecting certification and the update implementation on global 737 MAX fleet "in the weeks ahead".

All 737 MAX aircraft worldwide have been grounded for almost three weeks over safety fears.

According to Boeing, the new software update for the 737 MAX 7 aircraft lets the pilot have the ability to override MCAS and manually control the aircraft, ensuring that the pilot always has the upper hand.

After several days of blame game between Ethiopian Airlines and giant aircraft manufacturer Boeing over the plane crash that claimed 157 lives, the latter has finally apologised to the families that lost their loved ones in the tragic accident.

Boeing's CEO issued a statement Thursday on behalf of the company regarding recent 737 MAX plane crashes as the family of one of the crash victims filed a wrongful death suit against the aircraft manufacturing company.

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