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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 »

Simulator Flights Reveal New Flaw on Boeing 737 Max

Problem could keep plane grounded longer

(Newser) - A series of simulator flights to test new software has uncovered a previously unknown flaw in the Boeing 737 Max computer system. Government pilots found that a microprocessor failure could push the plane downward, two sources familiar with the testing told CNN . The airliner has been grounded since March after... 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 »

Plane Slides Off Runway Into Florida River

All survived after Boeing 737 fell off runway at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida

(Newser) - A charter plane carrying 143 people and traveling from Cuba to north Florida ended up in a river at the end of a runway Friday night, though no critical injuries or deaths were reported, officials said. A Boeing 737 arriving at Naval Air Station Jacksonville from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay,... More »

Weird Flight: Passenger Jet Has Only One Passenger

Lithuanian man experienced a strange flight to Italy

(Newser) - Legroom was not an issue here. A Lithuanian man had the weird experience of flying to Italy on a huge passenger jet—as the only passenger. By the AP's count, the Boeing 737-800—a different model than the 737s of recent controversy —had all of eight people aboard:... More »

Boeing Cuts Max Production

Airliner was grounded after two crashes

(Newser) - Boeing is cutting production of its grounded Max airliner this month to focus on fixing flight-control software and getting the planes back in the air. The company said Friday that starting in mid-April it will cut production of the 737 Max from 52 to 42 planes per month, AP reports.... More »

6 Minutes of Chaos Preceded Jet's Crash

Warning of 'don't sink' kept going off as pilots tried to gain control of Boeing 737 Max

(Newser) - The report from investigators released Thursday about the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet says pilots acted properly as they struggled to regain control of their Boeing 737 Max when an anti-stall system went awry. Bloomberg adds a caveat: Three pilots who reviewed the report tell the outlet that the... 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 »

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 »

737 Max Pilots Have 40 Seconds to Fix Problem

Simulations find automated system quickly can't be overridden

(Newser) - Flight simulations have found that Boeing 737 Max pilots would have less than a minute to disengage an automated system and manually prevent a nosedive caused by a failed sensor—the scenario that is suspected in two recent airliner crashes . The sensor failure causes software designed to prevent a stall... 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 »

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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Boeing Black Box Finding Is Revealed

Minister says there's 'a clear similarity' to the Indonesia crash

(Newser) - Preliminary data retrieved from the flight data recorder of the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed shows "a clear similarity" with an earlier disaster in Indonesia , Ethiopia's transport minister said Sunday. Dagmawit Moges told reporters that the Ethiopian government intends to release detailed findings within one month, the AP... 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 »

Report: Trump Bad-Mouthed 737 Before Grounding Decision

He told officials Boeing model 'sucked'

(Newser) - The US became the last major county to ground the Boeing 737 Max on Wednesday—shortly before the aircraft's maker grounded the entire global fleet. Boeing says it "continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 Max," but it will ground all 371 of... More »

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