Prosecutors in 737 MAX Probe
Focus on Boeing Disclosures to
Regulators and Airlines.
Scrutiny is part of broader investigation into how the jetliner was developed and certified.
The Federal Aviation Administration said previously the 737 MAX, which entered service in 2017, was approved to carry passengers as part of the agency’s “standard certification process.” It said its safety-review procedures “are well established and have consistently produced safe aircraft.”
The agency is conducting its own inquiry
into how the jet model was certified and whether various agency offices properly oversaw technical analyses prepared by Boeing and submitted to the FAA.
A Senate Commerce subcommittee on Wednesday is expected to kick off what is likely to be a series of congressional
hearings on both sides of Capitol Hill
exploring these and other matters.
The Transportation Department (DOT) said earlier this week its inspector general is conducting a separate administrative audit to determine precisely what actions the FAA took in approving the safety of the jet.
The crash on of an Ethiopian Airlines flight killed all 157 passengers on board,
including (8) Americans.
It was the second fatal Max 8 disaster in five (5) months after a Lion's flight crashed over Indonesia in October, claiming all 189 lives.
Three-Hundred-Forty-Six (346) in
total have been lost.
Boeing has grounded its entire global fleet of 737 Max aircraft.The US plane-maker said it would suspend all 371 of the aircraft.
UPDATE: MAR 22, 2019
"Pilots transitioning to the Boeing 737
Max 8 aircraft from older 737 models
were given a short, self-administered
online course that made no mention of a
new system now at the center of two
crash investigations, pilots' unions spokesmen for two American carriers told CNN.
"Pilots of Southwest Airlines and American Airlines took courses — lasting between
56 minutes and three hours — that
highlighted differences between the Max 8 and older 737s, but did not explain the new
Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, known as MCAS.
"The system, designed to automatically command a plane to pitch down if it senses an imminent stall, has become the focus of October's Lion Air crash ..."
Doomed Boeing Jets Lacked (2) Safety Features That Boeing Sold Only as Extras
As the pilots of the doomed Boeing jets in Ethiopia and Indonesia fought to control
their planes, they lacked two notable
safety features in their cockpits.
One reason: Boeing charged extra for them.
For Boeing and other aircraft manufacturers, the practice of charging to upgrade a standard plane can be lucrative. Top airlines around the world must pay handsomely to have the jets they order fitted with customized add-ons.
Sometimes these optional features involve aesthetics or comfort, like premium seating, fancy lighting or extra bathrooms. But other features involve communication, navigation
or safety systems, and are more
fundamental to the plane’s operations.
Many airlines, especially low-cost carriers have opted not to buy them — and regulators don’t require them.
C A N C E L L A T I O N S
AA is Cancelling 90 Flights a Day as the Boeing 737 Max Remains Grounded.
Flight Cancellations have been extended
thru Wednesday, April 24.
Non-Rev during this time-frame will probably be even more difficult.
AA Pilots Will Test 737 MAX Software
Fix in Boeing Simulator
AA pilots will test Boeing Co’s 737 MAX software fix on simulators this weekend, the pilots’ union told Reuters on Thursday, which will be a key step in restoring confidence in
the aircraft after two fatal crashes.
Boeing has been working on a software upgrade for an anti-stall system and pilot displays on its fastest-selling jetliner.
Similarities between the flight path in the
Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes have raised fresh questions about the new Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, known as MCAS.
Currently, there are 387 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in operation.
74 of which are operated by US airlines.
This aircraft is operated by a total of 59 airlines.
Here are the airlines that fly the 737 MAX
and the number of aircraft which have
been delivered to them.
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