Boeing proposes fixes to 737 MAX aircraft

Boeing proposes fixes to 737 MAX aircraft

Boeing proposes fixes to 737 MAX aircraft

Travel operator Tui has warned of a potential 300 million euro (£258.7 million) hit from the grounding of Boeing 737 Max planes.

"[Boeing officials] have to discuss the matter internally", said Garuda Indonesia president director Ari Askhara in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Friday, as reported by Antara.

Boeing said on Wednesday it had reprogrammed software on its 737 MAX to prevent erroneous data from triggering an anti-stall system that is facing mounting scrutiny in the wake of two deadly nose-down crashes in the past five months.

Boeing also said existing 737 pilots will receive additional computer-based training on the model's anti-stall system.

He vowed that Garuda Indonesia did not plan to shift its order to another aircraft maker but ask Boeing to offer the airline other types of aircraft.

Ethiopian Airlines officials and the country's transport minister have already said that their 737 jet appeared to fly in a similar pattern to the Lion Air plane, both of which displayed erratic altitude during their short time in the air after takeoff. "We are evaluating whether we will shift to Airbus or keep Boeing", he added.

Lawyers representing Jackson Musoni from Rwanda filed a suit in a federal court in Chicago. A preliminary report is expected as early as next week, the US officials said. The most recent Ethiopian Airlines crash occurred in March.

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The newspaper, citing unnamed sources, says the findings were relayed on Thursday at a briefing at the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Boeing said the changes ensure pilots will always have the ability to override the automated flight system and manually control the airplane, when needed.

The pilot tried repeatedly to regain control and pull the nose up, but the plane crashed into the ocean.

A man carries a piece of debris on his head at the crash site of a Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines flight near Bishoftu, a town some 60 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 10 March 2019.

Boeing is working on an update to the MCAS software so it's less aggressive about pointing the nose down and easier for pilots to override it.

But those scenarios were not listed in the flight manual, according to a copy from American Airlines seen by Reuters. The aircraft involved in the accident was a brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8, delivered just four months earlier. And until those questions get fully answered, there's also this one: can the FAA certify that the fixes proposed by Boeing will really resolve the issue on the 737 Max?

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