Boeing 737 MAX makes emergency landing during USA transfer, says FAA

Boeing 737 MAX makes emergency landing during USA transfer, says FAA

This is coming after two crashes involving the 737 Max plane, raising questions about the safety of the plane.

The crew declared an emergency after taking off from Orlando International Airport in Florida about 2.50pm on Tuesday (local time) and returned to the airport safely.

As a result, the aircraft is being sent to Southwest's maintenance facility in Orlando for further inspection.

The airline's decision comes almost two weeks after the FAA grounded Boeing's Max 8 and Max 9 models, which were pulled from service following the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157.

Less than four months earlier, 189 people died when a Boeing 737 Max 8 operated by Lion Air crashed in Indonesia. The company also has said it will pay to train pilots on the system.

Investigations are ongoing, but a preliminary report on an Ethiopian Airlines crash will very likely be released this week, the country's transport ministry said on Tuesday.

"That is a question that the [Inspector General] investigation hopefully will provide, as well as that of the special committee", Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told a Senate panel on Wednesday.

"While revamping FAA's oversight process will be an important step, continued management attention will be key to ensure the agency identifies and monitors the highest-risk areas of aircraft certification", Scovel wrote.

The software patches Boeing outlined on Wednesday for reporters and, later, 200 pilots and industry officials in Seattle, are meant to improve the crew's control over an automated flight system known as the Maneuver Characteristics Augmentation System or MCAS.

America's standing as the model for aviation-safety regulation will be on trial as congressional hearings begin into the Federal Aviation Administration's oversight of Boeing before and after two deadly crashes of its bestselling airliner.

The FAA is not expected to allow dozens of 737 MAX planes it grounded to fly again until it learns more about the causes of the Ethiopian Air crash, the source said.

The previously optional indicator light was not installed on the Lion Air plane that crashed, or on Ethiopian Airlines flight 302, which went down under similar circumstances on March 10.

These procedures are "extensive, well established and have consistently produced safe aircraft designs for decades", the remarks say.

At the heart of the controversy surrounding the 737 Max is MCAS, the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System. He said the decision was based on information that the Ethiopian Airlines flight path resembled that of the Lion Air crash.

In the article published on March 25 by Business Daily and on March 26 by Nation, the publication reported that "KQ will not cancel its orders for the Boeing 737-800 Max jets".

A Boeing spokesman said the company was "aware of the incident and supporting our customer". The AP reported that the emergency was not related to a glitch in the anti-stall software, which investigators believe caused the two previous planes to crash.

Boeing executive Sinnett told reporters the software had been through extensive testing, including flights with US Federal Aviation Administration regulators.

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