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Boeing Isn't the Only One to Blame for 737 Crashes

The FAA had surprisingly lax oversight

(Newser) - Boeing's role in adding dangerous technology to the 737 Max is well-documented —but the Federal Aviation Administration fumbled this just as badly, the New York Times reports. According to insiders, the regulatory agency was too cozy with Boeing and ultimately let the airline oversee the development of MCAS,... More »

Airline Cancels Major Boeing 737 Max Order

Switch to Airbus could be worrying sign for Boeing

(Newser) - Boeing's campaign to restore the reputation of its best-selling plane after two deadly crashes suffered a blow with a Saudi airline canceling an order worth up to $5.9 billion in favor of a European rival of the US manufacturer. Flyadeal, the budget airline arm of Saudi Arabian Airlines... More »

Boeing Hopes Its $100M Will 'Bring Comfort'

Sets aside that amount to help affected families in wake of 737 MAX crashes

(Newser) - Boeing says it's providing $100 million over several years to help families and communities affected by two crashes of its 737 MAX plane that killed 346 people. The company said Wednesday that some of the money will go toward living expenses and to cover hardship suffered by the families... More »

Boeing's Troubled 737 Max Gets a Big Buyer

International Airlines Group seeks 200, at a discount

(Newser) - The owner of British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus plans to buy 200 of Boeing's troubled 737 Max jets—the first inkling of an order since the planes were grounded three months ago. Boeing revealed the plan by International Airlines Group, spelled out in a letter of intent, at... More »

Boeing CEO Uses the Word 'Mistake'

But Dennis Muilenburg says the company will be 'better and stronger'

(Newser) - The chief executive of Boeing said the company made a "mistake" in handling a problematic cockpit warning system in its 737 Max jets before two crashes of the top-selling plane killed 346 people, and he promised transparency as the US aircraft maker tries to get the grounded model back... More »

New Giant Is Born in Defense Industry

After merger, Raytheon Technologies will be 2nd to Boeing in aerospace and defense industry

(Newser) - In the lucrative aerospace and defense industry, the top two companies are Boeing and Lockheed Martin. But assuming a giant new merger goes through, the top rankings will have to be reordered: Boeing ($101 billion in annual revenue) will remain No. 1, Lockheed ($53.7 billion) will fall to No.... More »

How Boeing's Deadly 737 Max Ever Got Approved

'That's nuts,' says an engineer who worked on the project

(Newser) - A small army of engineers, test pilots, and regulators missed a deadly flaw in the Boeing 737 Max—one that now seems unimaginable. "It doesn't make any sense," says an ex-test pilot who took part. "I wish I had the full story." Enter the New ... More »

Boeing Failed to Tell Airlines That Safety Alert Was Off

Move would have 'reduced confusion,' FAA says

(Newser) - Boeing said Sunday that it discovered after airlines had been flying its 737 Max plane for several months that a safety alert in the cockpit was not working as intended, yet it didn't disclose that fact to airlines or federal regulators until after one of the planes crashed. The... More »

Trump Has Some Branding Advice for Boeing

'REBRAND,' essentially

(Newser) - On the heels of American Airlines' Sunday announcement that it would keep its Boeing 737 Max fleet grounded until at least Aug. 19, President Trump weighed in with some advice for the aircraft's maker. "What do I know about branding, maybe nothing (but I did become President!),... More »

737 Pilots Tried Over and Over to Regain Control of Jet

Ethiopia's first official report is out on Boeing crash

(Newser) - It wasn't a single, quick plunge to death: The Boeing 737 Max that crashed in Ethiopia nosedived multiple times as its pilots tried in vain to stop it, according to the first official report on last month's disaster. "The crew performed all the procedures repeatedly [that were]... More »

Ralph Nader Relatives Suing Boeing Over Crash

Consumer advocate's grandniece died in Ethiopian Airlines crash

(Newser) - Relatives of one of America's most famous consumer advocates have a personal connection to last month's Ethiopian Airlines crash—and they plan to sue. Samya Rose Stumo, the 24-year-old daughter of a Ralph Nader niece, was killed in the crash of the Boeing 737 Max. Her relatives plan... More »

Report: Pilots Followed Boeing Procedures—at First

Pilots reactivated MCAS as plane continued to aim downward: 'WSJ'

(Newser) - Emergency procedures touted by Boeing in the wake of October’s Lion Air crash "apparently didn’t work as expected" come March. The pilots of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 initially followed emergency procedures in killing power to stall-prevention feature MCAS , the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people briefed on... More »

Report on Ethiopia Crash Will Be Bad News for Boeing: WSJ

Investigators reportedly believe anti-stall system was triggered

(Newser) - Expected within days, the preliminary report on the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 will give "the strongest indication yet" that the Boeing 737 MAX's stall-prevention system was to blame , as suspected with the earlier Lion Air crash in Indonesia. That's according to the Wall Street Journal... More »

As Boeing Makes Fixes, Harsh Words From Capitol Hill

FAA 'put fox in charge of henhouse,' senator says

(Newser) - It's not admitting faulty systems in its 737 MAX planes were the cause, but Boeing has still gone ahead with updates to the aircraft after two crashes in recent months that killed hundreds. The BBC reports the aerospace company has reconfigured anti-stalling software that investigators suspect may have jammed... More »

A Boeing 737 Max Made an Emergency Landing in Florida

But it was related to engine trouble, not anti-stall software, officials say

(Newser) - A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max made a safe emergency landing Tuesday in Orlando, Florida, after experiencing an engine problem, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The crew declared an emergency after taking off from Orlando International Airport around 2:50pm, and returned to the airport safely, the AP reports. No... More »

Airline Wants Out of $4.9B Deal for Boeing Max 8s

Indonesia's national airline says customers 'don't trust flying with Max anymore'

(Newser) - The reason, at least, is sound: Indonesia's national airline is seeking to cancel a $4.9 billion order of Boeing 737 Max 8 jets, citing a lack of passenger confidence in the model involved in two crashes in five months that killed everyone aboard both planes. "Continuing the... More »

Top FAA Regulators Never Knew of Boeing Software Issue

New rules allowed company to have more of a say in the certification procedure

(Newser) - The Boeing 737 Max is grounded as the company works on a fix for an anti-stall software issue suspected in two fatal crashes. In the meantime, the feds are trying to figure out how the jet passed FAA inspection in the first place. A story in the New York Times ... More »

In Final Moments, Silence From Lion Air Captain

Off-duty pilot rectified identical issue a day before

(Newser) - New insights into the October crash of Lion Air Flight JT610 have arrived via two grabby headlines, shedding further doubts on the Boeing 737 MAX's flight-control system.
  • Reuters cites three people with knowledge of the contents of the cockpit voice recorder , describing the first officer searching for a solution
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First It Was the 737 Max. Now Another 'Big Deal' for Boeing

This time the issue is trash and tools left behind on its KC-46 air refueling tankers

(Newser) - On the heels of the grounding of its 737 Max planes , Boeing now has a new problem: a "severe situation" tied to its KC-46 Pegasus air refueling tanker aircraft. That's how Will Roper, the Air Force's acquisitions chief, describes the garbage and loose industrial tools found during... More »

Report: Pilot Knew He Was in Trouble Immediately

He asked to return as 737 Max hit abnormal speed

(Newser) - The pilot of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 knew he was in serious trouble soon after the doomed flight took off from Addis Ababa on Sunday, a source who has reviewed air traffic communications tells the New York Times. Captain Yared Getachew calmly reported a "flight control" problem a minute... More »

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