Boeing Has Grounded All Boeing 737 Max Planes Worldwide Over Safety Fears
Boeing Has Grounded All Boeing 737 Max Planes Worldwide Over Safety Fears
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15 March, 2019, 05:25
Under global rules, Ethiopians are leading the investigation but France's BEA will conduct black box analysis as an adviser.
After last year's Lion Air disaster, Boeing issued guidance to pilots on how to manage the 737-Max's new computer-controlled stability system.
Overnight, the United States' Federal Aviation Authority signalled the grounding of all 737 Max aircraft operating in American airspace.
In a key step toward unearthing the cause of the Ethiopian Airlines crash, flight recorders from the shattered plane arrived Thursday in France for analysis, although the agency in charge of the review said it was unclear whether the data could be retrieved.
Technical analysis is scheduled to begin on Friday (local time) and the first conclusions could take several days, the BEA said, tweeting a photo of the partly crumpled, orange-cased box.
Boeing said it had full confidence in the safety of the 737 Max, but that "out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public" it had made a decision to temporarily ground the entire fleet.
An FAA emergency order grounded737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft until further notice, effectively taking the aircraft out of the skies globally.
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The manufacturer said it would continue its production rate of 52 aircraft per month, but its MAX fleet would not be delivered to airlines or leasing companies.
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The company continues its efforts "to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again", he said in a statement.
This means while Boeing will keep building its newest flagship product, it will put deliveries on hold until new software is installed, tests are carried out and the investigation into the Ethiopian crash provides some answers.
The MCAS, which stands for Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System, is created to prevent the plane stalling when making steep turns under manual control.
By the end of January, Boeing had delivered 350 of the Max 8 models.
The French agency, based in the Paris suburb of Le Bourget, has extensive experience in investigating crashes and other incidents involving commercial flights.
The Max 8 that crashed on Sunday was one of 30 ordered as part of Ethiopian Airlines' expansion.
The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 - Max 8 plane, that crashed Sunday March 10, 2019.
In total, there are 41 BoeingMAX 8 planes in Canada.
The delayed flight ET302 took off from Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa at 08:38 local time (05:38 GMT) and was bound for Kenyan capital Nairobi.
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