Boeing 737 Max jets need more work, U.S. regulator says

Minnie Murray
April 2, 2019

Liability claims of $1 billion is a large amount for the "very small and very, very specialist" aviation reinsurance market, Vickers told Reuters.

A pilot flying the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 passenger plane, which crashed on 10 March, was heard saying "pitch up, pitch up" just moments before the impact, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports.

Wall Street Journal reports that one pilot in the cockpit frantically urged is colleague "pitch up, pitch up!" as the plane began to shuttle downwards.

Leaks last week from the crash investigation in Ethiopia and in the U.S. suggest an automatic anti-stall system was activated at the time of the disaster.

The initial investigation into the October Lion Air crash in Indonesia, which killed all 189 people on board, found that an "angle of attack" (AOA) sensor failed but continued to transmit erroneous information to the MCAS.

Details of the last minutes of the Ethiopian Airline jet that crashed earlier this month killing all 157 people on board have emerged.

"The subject accident occurred because, among other things, Boeing defectively designed a new flight control system for the Boeing 737 Max 8 that automatically and erroneously pushes the aircraft's nose down, and because Boeing failed to warn of the defect", according to the complaint.

Boeing has issued a software update to correct possible problems with the system, but the model remains grounded across the world.

Boeing had said it would submit the fix to the FAA last week, and it had gathered hundreds of industry representatives at its Seattle-area facilities last Wednesday to demonstrate the software changes.

The plane's black boxes are being examined by France's BEA air safety agency, working with American and Ethiopian investigators to determine what went wrong.

Data from the Indonesian plane indicates that pilots unsuccessfully fought the automated anti-stall system for control of the plane, which plunged into the sea shortly after takeoff.

It crashed only six minutes into the flight.

Both the planes in Indonesia and in Ethiopia reportedly experienced erratic steep climbs and descents as well as fluctuating airspeeds before crashing shortly after takeoff.

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