Boeing To Update 737 MAX Software As Grounding Of Jets Drags On

Boeing To Update 737 MAX Software As Grounding Of Jets Drags On

The record-breaking plane's debut was supposed to be a more extravagant affair open to the public, but the manufacturer limited the event to employees only following the recent Ethiopian Airlines crash involving a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, reported Travel and Leisure.

"Abiy Ahmed & [Trump] in a phone call today shared their condolences to the people of both countries for the loss of lives in the fatal Flight 302", which crashed on Sunday minutes into its flight to Nairobi, Mr Ahmed said on Twitter.

France's Bureau of Inquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety has confirmed that it took possession of the flight data and cockpit voice recorders on Thursday.

Clues have began emerging from the examination of the black box recorders from the crashed Boeing 737 Max 8 on Saturday. The United States and many other countries have grounded the Max 8s as the USA -based company faces the challenge of proving the jets are safe to fly amid suspicions that faulty sensors and software contributed to the two crashes that killed 346 people in less than six months.

Cedar Rapids-based Collins Aerospace provides several of the aviation systems now under scrutiny in the Boeing 737 Max planes.

Air Canada suspended its 2019 financial forecasts, while United Airlines said it would see an adverse effect on its operations if the jets remained grounded heading into the peak summer travel season.

Investigators looking into the Indonesian crash are examining whether the software automatically pushed the plane's nose down repeatedly, and whether the Lion Air pilots knew how to solve that problem.

According to a slide in Air Canada's investor day presentation, the airline expected to have up to 36 Max jets in its fleet this year.

A preliminary report into the Lion Air disaster was published a month after the crash.

Ethiopian Airlines says their pilots received special training on the software.

"Break break, request back to home", he told air traffic controllers as they scrambled to divert two other flights approaching the airport. Both crews asked permission to return to the airports from where they had departed.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said the doomed flight's captain was an experienced aviator with more than 8,000 flight hours.

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