Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

After 2 Deadly Plane Crashes, Boeing will Fix Software in 10 Days

After 2 Deadly Plane Crashes, Boeing will Fix Software in 10 Days

All countries, including the United States operating with the Max 8 have banned the aircraft until further notice. But the plane crashed minutes later. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because Boeing's conversations with airline officials were not meant to be made public.

The United States and many other countries have grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 as the USA -based company faces the challenge of proving the jets are safe to fly amid suspicions that faulty software might have contributed to two crashes that killed 346 people in less than six months.

Separately, The New York Times reported that doomed Ethiopian Airlines plane was in trouble nearly immediately after takeoff as it lurched up and down by hundreds of feet at a time. But airlines are scrambling to put passengers on other planes to prevent major disruption to air travel.

The French agency said that, in addition to Boeing, teams were also attending from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.

An airline spokesman has said the pilot was given permission to return to the Addis Ababa airport.

Identifying the remains of the 157 people killed in an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash may take up to six months, the airline said in a document seen by AFP on Saturday.

The U.S. planemaker has been working on a software upgrade for an anti-stall system and pilot displays on its fastest-selling jetliner in the wake of the deadly Lion Air crash.

"Whenever you change this stuff you better be damn sure you don't create some other problem", Diehl said.

Later in the week the U.K. and India joined in the wave of groundings, and by Wednesday evening President Donald Trump added the United States to the growing list, as aviation officials await the results of an investigation into the latest crash.

Despite Boeing and USA airlines insisting the planes were safe to fly, the FAA grounded the planes Wednesday.

USA bank Citi said it expected the grounding to eat into the profits of Southwest Airlines, which operates the world›s biggest 737 MAX fleet, leaving the carrier facing a plane shortage and likely passenger compensation costs. Because the Max is so new, it accounts for a small percentage of the global fleet of about 24,000 airliners.

The only Boeing 737 MAX from Kazakhstan is registered with SСAT Airlines.

In the U.S., Southwest is likely to be most affected because its 34 Max 8s represent almost 5 per cent of the carrier's fleet and a slightly higher percentage of the airline's passenger-carrying capacity.

The FAA and Boeing had already implicated MCAS as the likely cause of the Lion Air crash which killed 189 people.

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