Boeing and a lot of Airlines are gonna have BIG problems….
It involves people’s lives….
says it will deploy a 737 MAX software “enhancement” across the fleet in the coming weeks incorporating feedback “received from our customers”. According to the company, the will also mandate the change in an Airworthiness Directive (AD) “no later than April.”
The statement comes in the aftermath of two 737 MAX 8 crashes in less than five months involving Lion Air and. Since the March 10 fatal accident of Ethiopian’s Flight 302, a growing number of civil aviation authorities and airlines have grounded their MAX fleets. Australia and Singapore on March 12 followed China and Indonesia as well as individual airlines like Ethiopian, Aeromexico, Gol and Cayman Airways. U.S. carriers, and European airlines, by contrast, continue to operate the type.
The Oct. 29 crash of Lion Air flight 610 appears to be linked to maintenance practices, erroneous speed data input to and pilot confusion about the handling of the maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS), a new flight control law introduced on the MAX. There is no indication so far that MCAS played a role in the March 10 Ethiopian accident. Both the flight data and cockpit voice recorder have been recovered but data analysis is yet to begin…..
While the above says airlines continue to fly the aircraft?
More continue to pull the type aircraft out of service as the media keeps asking questions on their front pages….
(You KNEW THIS was coming…The aircraft type is just about grounded worldwide)
Britain banned the Boeing 737 Max from its airspace on Tuesday, becoming the first European nation to place restrictions on the aircraft after an Ethiopian Airlines crash killed all 157 people aboard.
The country’s civil aviation authority said the move was a “precautionary measure” because it did not have sufficient information about the crash. Just five Max planes operate in Britain, but those operated by other carriers will no longer be allowed into its airspace.
After China ordered a dozen carriers to ground their 96 planes on Monday — roughly a quarter of all 737 Max in operation globally — authorities in Ethiopia, Singapore, Indonesia, Morocco and Mongolia quickly followed suit, as did carriers in Latin America and South Korea.
Australia, Malaysia and Oman became the latest countries to ground the model a day later, with authorities saying the aircraft would not be allowed to fly to or from their countries pending the investigation….
Full list: At least 33 countries ground Boeing’s MAX 8 jets
Driving the news: The European Union aviation authority banned flight operations of Boeing 737 Max jets, a huge blow to Boeing’s efforts to maintain the confidence of governments and airlines. The U.S. and Canada are still allowing the aircraft to operate until more information is available from the FAA.