Air crashes force Boeing to cut 737 production

Boeing CEO Apologises Admits Faulty Software Led To Deadly 737 Max Crashes

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg apologized on Thursday for the two 737 Max 8 jet crashes that killed 360 people within five months.

The Ethiopian report clearly showed that MCAS - the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, a safety measure added to the new plane to prevent it from risky stalls - had activated multiple times.

According to Mr McAllister, "we will carefully review the AIB's preliminary report and will take any and all additional steps necessary to enhance the safety of our aircraft". 737 Max wasn't about to stall.

He said that it was the similar case in the recent two accidents, adding that pilots had stated that erroneous activation of the MCAS function could add to what was already a high workload environment.

Ethiopia's Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) released its preliminary report on the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 on Thursday.

"The potential of my sister and 156 others driven straight into the ground because of Boeing's greed", said Adnaan Stumo, Samya's brother.

The statement by Boeing came after Ethiopia on Thursday released the preliminary report into the March 10 Ethiopian Airlines crash which claimed the lives of all 157 people on board.

Boeing initially said it planned to submit fixes for its stall-prevention system to the FAA for review last week.

This comes after reports suggested pilots in both incidents followed Boeing's safety procedures before they crashed.

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It said air speed and altitude values on the left side of the Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max conflicted with data from the right sensor, causing flight control problems.

The release of the report came after the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Wednesday it is forming an worldwide team to review the safety of the now-grounded Boeing 737 Max that will be headed by a formal top US safety official.

The report said multiple alarms went off as the pilots struggled to control the plane, indicating an even more complex situation than in the Lion Air crash, said William Waldock, a professor of safety science at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Starting in mid-April, Boeing will cut its production of the 737 Max from 52 planes per month to 42 planes.

"This accident was not survivable", said the report.

Boeing said on Wednesday it had successfully tested an update of the MCAS software created to reduce its authority and make it easer for pilots to handle.

Earlier this week, U.S. regulators demanded further improvements to a proposed MCAS fix before it could be submitted for review and announced a review of the certification of the automated flight control system on the 737 MAX.

The investigation reportedly revealed that the pilots fought against the plane's own systems for nearly the entire flight. Both flights were on a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

"Our top engineers and technical experts working tirelessly in collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration to finalize and implement a software update that will ensure accidents like that of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 never happen again", he noted.

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