Boeing to modify its 737 MAX 8 aircraft?

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12 Mar 2019

US to take 'immediate' action on Boeing-jet if needed: Official

US federal aviation authorities yesterday said that they will order Boeing to modify its 737 MAX 8 aircraft, including anti-stalling software and maneuvering system updates, after two of the planes crashed in five months.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told international civil aviation authorities that it "anticipates mandating these design changes... no later than April," although it did not ground the fleet.

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Boeing set to update its training requirements, flight crew manuals

Boeing set to update its training requirements, flight crew manuals

Boeing is also set to update its training requirements as well as flight crew manuals to reflect the changes.

"The FAA continuously assesses and oversees the safety performance of US commercial aircraft," said the aviation administration in a statement.

It further said, "If we identify an issue that affects the safety, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action."

Incident

157 died in Ethiopian flight crash on Sunday

The FAA has notified other global civil aviation authorities that it may soon share safety information concerning Boeing's 737 MAX 8, the statement said.

One of the aircraft, operating as Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, crashed on Sunday southeast of Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, shortly after takeoff, killing all the 157 passengers and crew members aboard.

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The same model crashed in October killing 189 on board

The same model crashed in October killing 189 on board

The same model, a more fuel-efficient version of the 737, just 12 minutes after the takeoff, crashed on 29 October last year in the Java Sea, Indonesia, during a flight operated by Lion Air.

It left 189 people dead.

It is especially rare that a new aircraft model is involved in two deadly incidents over such a short period of time.

Investigators have recovered black box flight recorder of Ethiopian flight

An FAA-team is currently in Ethiopia participating in a probe into the latest crash with investigators from the US National Transportation Safety Board. The cause of the crash remains unknown, but the airline says investigators have recovered the black box flight-recorders from the Nairobi-bound jet.

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