Ethiopian Airlines: 'Clear similarities' with Indonesia crash
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Mar 19, 2019,
Mar 19, 2019, 0:47
Last week, airlines across the planet began grounding Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, though it took a few days longer for the FAA to ground 737 Max 8 and 737 Max 9 jets flying with US airlines (making the USA the last major country to do so).
While Boeing has repeatedly expressed confidence in the aircraft's safety, it is now working on a software update with the FAA amid suspicions that faulty sensors and software contributed to the two crashes that killed 346 people in less than six months.
Ethiopia's Transport Ministry and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have both pointed to similarities between the two disasters.
The Times also revealed that 737 pilots were not informed about the implementation of MCAS to their planes.
Tajer said airline officials told the unions that Boeing intends to offer pilots about a 15-minute iPad course to train them on the new flight-control software on Max jets that is suspected of playing a role in the crashes.
Men unload a case containing the black boxes from the crashed Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 outside the headquarters of France's BEA air accident investigation agency in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, March 14, 2019.
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Boeing told the newspaper Saturday that the FAA had reviewed the company's data on the plane and "concluded that it met all certification and regulatory requirements".
Both planes flew with erratic altitude changes that could indicate the pilots struggled to control the aircraft.
The Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) is an automated safety feature on the 737 Max 8 created to prevent the plane from entering into a stall, or losing lift.
The Ethiopian Airlines plane was carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members when the jet crashed into the ground.
Boeing has described the Max series as its fastest-selling family of planes, with more than 5,000 orders placed to date from about 100 customers.
A preliminary report into the Lion Air crash showed that the pilots struggled with an automatic safety system, known as the maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS), which was created to activate automatically only in the event of a high-speed stall. Although Boeing has pledged to update its software by April, the aviation company did not announce plans to revamp its training.
The agency has insisted it had followed standard procedures in certifying the Boeing 737 MAX model. According to two sources who spoke to The New York Times, the evidence suggests that the jet's stabilizers were tilted upward, which would have then forced the nose of the plane downward.