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Boeing Responds to 'Granted I Suck' Text Messages

Mark Forkner warned that the plane's automated MCAS system was 'egregious'

(Newser) - Boeing says it regrets concerns raised about internal communications it recently handed over to Congress and federal regulators that are investigating two deadly crashes of the company's 737 Max airplanes, the AP reports. The company said in a statement Sunday it's unfortunate that messages between co-workers it turned... More »

Pilot's Text Reveal Concerns With 737 Max Back in 2016

Boeing just now turned over transcripts to FAA

(Newser) - A Boeing pilot using a flight simulator to try out the 737 Max in 2016 complained in text messages that a new automated system was making the plane hard to control. Boeing found the texts four months ago, Reuters reports, and the FAA now wants to know why they weren'... More »

Structural Cracks Ground 38 of 810 Boeing 737 NG Jets

Parts will be repaired or replaced

(Newser) - Another 38 Boeing 737s are being removed from service for repairs. This time, the problem is structural cracks. The FAA had ordered inspections of all 737 NG airliners, the predecessor of the 737 Max now grounded worldwide, Reuters reports. The Max does not have the cracking problem. Of the 810... More »

Boeing 737 Max Could Be Back in the Sky Come January

Per a new American Airlines filing with the SEC

(Newser) - All Boeing 737 Max aircraft were grounded after two crashes involving the jets over the past year killed a total of 346 people. But come January, the planes will likely be in the air again. American Airlines announced in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Wednesday that two software... More »

Southwest Pilots Sue Boeing Over Grounded 737 Max

Union says members are losing of millions of dollars per month

(Newser) - Boeing has been sued by the Southwest Airlines pilots union, accused of hurrying its 737 Max into service while claiming it was safe. The plane was grounded after two fatal crashes. The suit says the grounding is costing the almost 10,000 union pilots millions of dollars a month, the... More »

Pilots in Safety Tests Are Too Skilled, Investigation Finds

Government calls for manufacturers, FAA to change assumptions

(Newser) - The federal investigation of the Boeing 737 Max crashes has recommended changes to address one of its findings: Highly trained test pilots are likely to respond to problems better and faster during the safety certification process than airline pilots in the chaos of a real-life air emergency. The NTSB made... More »

Someone Else Is at Fault in Boeing 737 Crashes

Inexperienced pilots are also to blame, says the New York Times

(Newser) - Boeing isn't the only one to blame. So concludes an impressively detailed New York Times article about two fatal Boeing 737 Max crashes since last year—which, it turns out, were caused at least partly by pilot error. "Look, we know as a fact that half of airline... More »

Judge: No Bail for Airline Worker After 'Disconcerting' Find

Prosecutors say mechanic who allegedly tampered with plane may have ties to terrorists

(Newser) - After American Airlines mechanic Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani was arrested earlier this month and accused of tampering with the navigation system of a plane he'd worked on in July at Miami International Airport, he admitted he'd done so. But he told investigators it was done out of a... More »

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 »

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