How Boeing tweaks to 737 MAX slipped U.S. agency's radar

Open this

Boeing Co's chief executive said on Thursday that a software update created to prevent disasters like two recent fatal crashes involving its 737 MAX is working, with about two-thirds of the fast-selling jetliner's customers having seen the fix in simulator sessions. The suit, which seeks damages for alleged securities fraud violations, said Boeing's market value plunged by almost US$20 billion after an Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed shortly after take off on March 10, killing all 157 on board.

While it was designing its newest jet, Boeing chose to quadruple the power of an automated system that could push down the plane's nose - a movement that made it hard for the pilots on two doomed flights to regain control.

And Boeing released data Tuesday that showed orders for new 737 Max planes have come to a grinding halt: Only 10 of the planes were ordered in the first two months of 2019, and there were no Max orders last month.

However, it's not just victims' families suing Boeing.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenberg said Thursday that the changes the aircraft manufacturer is working on will make the 737 MAX "even safer by preventing erroneous angle of attack sensor readings" from triggering the MCAS. And aviation officials around the world have continued to ground the aircraft.

It removed all 34 of its Max 8 jets from service on March 13 following two deadly crashes involving other airlines.

Boeing did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A class-action lawsuit accuses the company of covering up safety problems with its 737 MAX.

The Boeing chief, speaking at a George W. Bush Presidential Center leadership forum in Dallas, said the last few weeks have been the most "heart wrenching" of his career.

Dennis Muilenburg, the chairman and chief executive, and Gregory Smith, the chief financial officer, are named as defendants in a case that accuses Boeing of failing to tell investors about safety deficiencies in its most popular aircraft.

Earlier this week, the family of a U.S. man who died as a result of the crash in Ethiopia filed a lawsuit against the corporation, accusing it of "corporate greed" and "serious misconduct".

Related News:



Most liked

Ajax And Juventus Play To First Leg Draw
Juventus only displayed their attacking threat in patches, with Federico Bernardeschi lively and Ronaldo hooking one chance wide. Portugal star Ronaldo had returned to action following three weeks out after picking up an injury during the global break.

House passes bill to restore Obama-era ‘net neutrality’ rules
The parties' competing visions - and seemingly widening political divide - played out as debate began on the House floor. Net neutrality is a topic we have covered extensively in the past, including what it means for PC gaming .

Julian Assange saved £150k in rent while at the Ecuadorian embassy
Police arrested the WikiLeaks founder Thursday at the Ecuadorian embassy in London after Ecuador withdrew his asylum. Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange could face a renewed investigation into an allegation of rape in Sweden.

Disney Reveals Pricing & Availability for Disney+ Streaming Service
During the company's Investor Day conference, executives announced Disney Plus will launch on November 12 at $6.99 a month. The entertainment giant is trying to transform itself from a cable television powerhouse into a leader of streaming media.

Kim Jong Un consolidates power as North Korea shuffles leadership
The allies want to discourage Kim from any actions that could provoke Trump and return the two sides to the familiar cycle of threats and counter-threats.

Why House Sitter Called 911 on a Roomba
After calling to the "suspect" several times over a loudspeaker, deputies entered the home with their guns drawn . Multiple officers arrived at the scene minutes later and surrounded the home.

PENCE UNLEASHED: The Vice President SLAMS Maduro's UN Ambassador to His Face
He said also it's time for the U.N.to seat Guaido's representative at the United Nations - and expel the current representative. After the Security Council meeting, Pence told reporters he believed that the momentum is on the side of the USA position.

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Carries Out 1st Commercial Mission
But the middle booster missed a seaborne platform it was created to land on, and instead splashed into the ocean. But the preferred method remains NASA's own Space Launch System mega rocket - if it can be ready by then.

Bernie Sanders to release tax returns by Monday
Vermont Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has promised to release his tax returns by Monday April 15. He said they will be released "certainly before" April 15 and added that President Donald Trump should do the same.

Why Sasha Banks Canceled Her Appearance On The Wendy Williams Show
She should have been done a long time ago but she tried to make it work". Months later Wendy Williams has filed for divorce from Kevin Hunter .

Celtics' Marcus Smart sidelined 4-6 weeks with oblique injury
But according to The Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach, Smart's recovery might not be as prolonged as originally stated. The Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight season a year ago .

Coach Mick Cronin Leaving UC for UCLA
Graduate of University of Delaware. "I am incredibly humbled and honored to become the head coach at UCLA", Cronin said. Except for brief stints at Louisville and Murray State , Cronin has spent his career in his hometown of Cincinnati .

Israel set to land spacecraft on the moon in first
It cost just $100 million to plan and develop, whereas other space missions in the past have run in the billions of dollars. Joining in the festivities, the Israeli Airports Authority listed the expected moon landing on its arrivals timetable.

Kudlow Calls Criticisms of Stephen Moore, Herman Cain ‘Unfair’
At the time, Cain said the allegations were incorrect but acknowledged "he had made mistakes in my life", according to Bloomberg. Cain said people who dislike him are "already digging up all of the negative stuff that's in storage from eight years ago".

U.S. Senate Republican leader calls net neutrality bill 'dead on arrival'
For many Republican senators, net neutrality simply isn't a priority for the majority this congressional session, particularly for Sen.