US aviation officials think a bird strike was factor in 737 Max crash

Rescuers work at the scene of an Ethiopian Airlines flight crash near Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Monday, March 11, 2019. U.S. aviation officials believe a bird strike may have led to the deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max in March, according to a person familiar with the matter. The fast-selling Boeing 737 Max airplanes have been grounded since shortly after that accident, which came less than five months after a similar crash in Indonesia. Crash i


Rescuers work at the scene of an Ethiopian Airlines flight crash near Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Monday, March 11, 2019. U.S. aviation officials believe a bird strike may have led to the deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max in March, according to a person familiar with the matter. The fast-selling Boeing 737 Max airplanes have been grounded since shortly after that accident, which came less than five months after a similar crash in Indonesia. Crash i
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US aviation officials think a bird strike was factor in 737 Max crash

Rescuers work at the scene of an Ethiopian Airlines flight crash near Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Monday, March 11, 2019.

U.S. aviation officials believe a bird strike may have led to the deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max in March, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Boeing shares rose after the report Tuesday, gaining 1.2% by midday.

The fast-selling Boeing 737 Max airplanes have been grounded since shortly after that accident, which came less than five months after a similar crash in Indonesia. Together, the two crashes killed 346 people.

Crash investigators have indicated that bad sensor data triggered an anti-stall system aboard the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max that went down shortly after takeoff, a similar scenario to a crash of the same type of plane in Indonesia in October. The system automatically pushes the nose of the plane down if it perceives the aircraft is in a stall, the normal way to recover from such a position. That can be catastrophic if the plane is not in a stall, however.

Pilots in the two crashes were battling the system, known as MCAS, that repeatedly pushed the nose of their planes downward.


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Third fatal Tesla Autopilot crash renews questions about system

Tesla’s Autopilot system was engaged during a fatal March 1 crash of a 2018 Model 3 in Delray Beach, Florida, in at least the third fatal U.S. crash reported involving the driver-assistance system, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday. Tesla said in a statement that after the driver engaged the system he “immediately removed his hands from the wheel. “This system can’t dependably navigate common road situations on its own and fails to keep the driver engaged exactly when nee


Tesla’s Autopilot system was engaged during a fatal March 1 crash of a 2018 Model 3 in Delray Beach, Florida, in at least the third fatal U.S. crash reported involving the driver-assistance system, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday. Tesla said in a statement that after the driver engaged the system he “immediately removed his hands from the wheel. “This system can’t dependably navigate common road situations on its own and fails to keep the driver engaged exactly when nee
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Third fatal Tesla Autopilot crash renews questions about system

Tesla’s Autopilot system was engaged during a fatal March 1 crash of a 2018 Model 3 in Delray Beach, Florida, in at least the third fatal U.S. crash reported involving the driver-assistance system, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday.

The crash renews questions about the driver-assistance system’s ability to detect hazards and has sparked concerns about the safety of systems that can perform driving tasks for extended stretches of time with little or no human intervention, but which cannot completely replace human drivers.

The NTSB’s preliminary report said the driver engaged Autopilot about 10 seconds before crashing into a semitrailer, and the system did not detect the driver’s hands on the wheel for fewer than eight seconds before the crash. The crash sheared off the roof as the Tesla traveled under the semitrailer.

The vehicle was traveling at about 68 miles (109 km) per hour (mph) on a highway with a 55-mph (89-kph) speed limit, and neither the system nor the driver made any evasive maneuvers, the agency said.

Tesla said in a statement that after the driver engaged the system he “immediately removed his hands from the wheel. Autopilot had not been used at any other time during that drive.”

The company added that “Tesla drivers have logged more than one billion miles with Autopilot engaged, and our data shows that, when used properly by an attentive driver who is prepared to take control at all times, drivers supported by Autopilot are safer than those operating without assistance.”

While some Tesla drivers say they are able to avoid holding the steering wheel for extended periods while using Autopilot, Tesla advises drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and pay attention while using the system.

David Friedman, a former acting NHTSA administrator, said the incident raises serious questions about the system and the lack of restrictions on its use.

“Either Autopilot can’t see the broad side of an 18-wheeler, or it can’t react safely to it,” said Friedman, a vice president for advocacy at Consumer Reports. “This system can’t dependably navigate common road situations on its own and fails to keep the driver engaged exactly when needed most.”

He said Tesla “must restrict Autopilot to conditions where it can be used safely and install a far more effective system to verify driver engagement.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also investigating the Delray Beach and said Thursday it is “carefully evaluating all available data and will share any findings upon conclusion of its investigation.”

In May 2016, a Tesla Model S driver was killed near Williston, Florida, while Autopilot was engaged, when he slammed into a tractor trailer that also sheared off the vehicle roof.

In a fatal crash in Mountain View, California, in March 2018 involving a Model X in Autopilot mode, Tesla said vehicle logs showed the driver had received warnings to put his hands on the wheel but no action was taken by the driver ahead of the crash. That incident is being investigated by both the NTSB and NHTSA.

The NTSB said in 2017 that Tesla lacked proper safeguards allowing the driver “to use the system outside of the environment for which it was designed and the system gave far too much leeway to the driver to divert his attention.”

NHTSA, which has the power to order safety recalls, is investigating a fatal incident in Davie, Florida, on Feb. 24 involving a 2016 Tesla Model S that caught fire and burned the 48-year-old driver beyond recognition. It was not clear if Autopilot was engaged in this incident.

NHTSA can demand a recall if it believes a defect poses an unreasonable safety risk, while the NTSB makes safety recommendations.

The NTSB said it had reviewed forward-facing video from the Tesla in the Delray Beach crash.

NHTSA is also probing the January 2018 crash of a Tesla vehicle apparently traveling in Autopilot that struck a fire truck in Culver City, California; a May 2018 crash in Utah of a Tesla in Autopilot mode; and a May 2018 Tesla accident in Florida that killed two teenagers and injured another but was not in Autopilot mode.

The NTSB is also investigating an August 2017 Tesla battery fire in California, in which an owner ran the vehicle into his garage.


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Tesla shares drop after report says its Autopilot system was engaged during a fatal crash

Tesla shares fell almost 8% on Friday to their lowest close since December 2016, after the National Transportation Safety Board said the company’s Autopilot driver assistance system was engaged during a fatal crash in March. The latest crash occurred in Delray Beach, Florida, and involved a Model 3. The accident was at least the third of its kind in the U.S. and raises concerns about Tesla’s Autopilot technology. Tesla’s manufacturing operation burns so much cash that the company’s long-term pat


Tesla shares fell almost 8% on Friday to their lowest close since December 2016, after the National Transportation Safety Board said the company’s Autopilot driver assistance system was engaged during a fatal crash in March. The latest crash occurred in Delray Beach, Florida, and involved a Model 3. The accident was at least the third of its kind in the U.S. and raises concerns about Tesla’s Autopilot technology. Tesla’s manufacturing operation burns so much cash that the company’s long-term pat
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Tesla shares drop after report says its Autopilot system was engaged during a fatal crash

Tesla shares fell almost 8% on Friday to their lowest close since December 2016, after the National Transportation Safety Board said the company’s Autopilot driver assistance system was engaged during a fatal crash in March.

Elon Musk, Tesla’s billionaire co-founder and CEO, has been touting the company’s self-driving technology, going so far as to say last month that it will have 1 million robotaxis on the road next year. While investors are used to discounting Musk’s public comments because of how frequently the company has failed to deliver on its promises, actual reports of safety hazards create a deeper problem.

The latest crash occurred in Delray Beach, Florida, and involved a Model 3. The accident was at least the third of its kind in the U.S. and raises concerns about Tesla’s Autopilot technology. Tesla’s manufacturing operation burns so much cash that the company’s long-term path to generating profits relies on its software.

“Autopilot software has incredibly high profit margins which makes it critical to Tesla’s shot at overall profitability,” said Edward Niedermeyer, the author of an upcoming book on Tesla.


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Boeing says it has completed a software update for 737 Max anti-stall system linked to fatal crashes

Crash investigators have implicated the system in the Ethiopia crash and another 737 Max crash in October, saying it was triggered by bad data from the sensors. On Thursday, Boeing said it has flown the 737 Max with the updated software for 360 hours on 207 flights. It also, as planned, has provided updating training materials for 737 Max pilots. How the Boeing 737 Max won approval from the FAA is the subject of several federal investigations and others by lawmakers. To date, Boeing has flown th


Crash investigators have implicated the system in the Ethiopia crash and another 737 Max crash in October, saying it was triggered by bad data from the sensors. On Thursday, Boeing said it has flown the 737 Max with the updated software for 360 hours on 207 flights. It also, as planned, has provided updating training materials for 737 Max pilots. How the Boeing 737 Max won approval from the FAA is the subject of several federal investigations and others by lawmakers. To date, Boeing has flown th
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Boeing says it has completed a software update for 737 Max anti-stall system linked to fatal crashes

Boeing said Thursday that it has completed a software update for its 737 Max planes, a key step in getting the aircraft flying again after aviation authorities grounded the jets around the world following two fatal crashes.

Boeing said it is planning to work with the Federal Aviation Administration to schedule a certification flight.

Shares of the airplane manufacturer rose after it released its statement, trading up 2.8 percent late in the session.

The nearly 400 Boeing 737 Max planes in airline fleets were grounded by aviation authorities in mid-March after a second deadly crash of the fast-selling plane in less than five months. Investigators in the latest crash, in Ethiopia, have pointed to an automated anti-stall system the that pilots battled in the last minutes of both crashes.

The system, known as MCAS, pushes the plane’s nose down repeatedly if the aircraft’s software senses it is going into a stall. That is a normal position to avoid a stall, but it can be catastrophic if the plane is not actually in a stall. Crash investigators have implicated the system in the Ethiopia crash and another 737 Max crash in October, saying it was triggered by bad data from the sensors.

On Thursday, Boeing said it has flown the 737 Max with the updated software for 360 hours on 207 flights. It also, as planned, has provided updating training materials for 737 Max pilots.

Some pilots complained that they were not told that the MCAS system was even on the planes, until after the October crash of Lion Air Flight 610, which killed all 189 on board. In order to transition from an older model of the Boeing 737 to the 737 Max, pilots said they were given training on a computer or tablet, with some courses that were less than an hour long. MCAS was not mentioned.

Boeing’s lack of disclosure has drawn scrutiny from lawmakers as well as the pilots. FAA’s acting chief, Daniel Elwell, at a House aviation panel’s hearing on Wednesday said the new MCAS system should have been included in pilot manuals.

How the Boeing 737 Max won approval from the FAA is the subject of several federal investigations and others by lawmakers.

Read Boeing’s full statement here:

Boeing has completed development of the updated software for the 737 MAX, along with associated simulator testing and the company’s engineering test flight. To date, Boeing has flown the 737 MAX with updated MCAS software for more than 360 hours on 207 flights. Boeing is now providing additional information to address Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requests that include detail on how pilots interact with the airplane controls and displays in different flight scenarios. Once the requests are addressed, Boeing will work with the FAA to schedule its certification test flight and submit final certification documentation. “With safety as our clear priority, we have completed all of the engineering test flights for the software update and are preparing for the final certification flight,” said Boeing Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg. “We’re committed to providing the FAA and global regulators all the information they need, and to getting it right. We’re making clear and steady progress and are confident that the 737 MAX with updated MCAS software will be one of the safest airplanes ever to fly. The accidents have only intensified our commitment to our values, including safety, quality and integrity, because we know lives depend on what we do.” In addition, Boeing has developed enhanced training and education materials that are now being reviewed with the FAA, global regulators, and airline customers to support return-to-service and longer-term operations. This includes a series of regional customer conferences being conducted around the world.

Correction: This story has been updated to note that Boeing conducted 207 test flights, not 270.


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What you need to know about Boeing’s 737 Max crisis

Here is a look at what is happening and what to expect with the 737 Max grounded as the busy summer travel season approaches. In March, the FBI joined an investigation of the certification process for the company’s 737 Max jets. Boeing said Thursday it has developed a software update for the 737 Max, a key step in getting the aircraft flying again. “We’re making clear and steady progress and are confident that the 737 MAX with updated MCAS software will be one of the safest airplanes ever to fly


Here is a look at what is happening and what to expect with the 737 Max grounded as the busy summer travel season approaches. In March, the FBI joined an investigation of the certification process for the company’s 737 Max jets. Boeing said Thursday it has developed a software update for the 737 Max, a key step in getting the aircraft flying again. “We’re making clear and steady progress and are confident that the 737 MAX with updated MCAS software will be one of the safest airplanes ever to fly
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What you need to know about Boeing's 737 Max crisis

People walk past a part of the wreckage at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 10, 2019. Tiksa Negeri | Reuters

Boeing 737 Max planes around the world remain grounded more than two months after the second of two fatal crashes of the jets that killed a total of 346 people. Multiple investigations have since been opened, both into the crashes themselves and the regulatory process to approve the planes. Lawmakers and federal investigators are specifically examining how the Federal Aviation Administration in 2017 came to give a green light to the jet — a more fuel-efficient version of Boeing’s workhorse aircraft that’s been flying since the late 1960s — without disclosures to pilots about a new anti-stall system, which has since been implicated in the two air disasters. The Chicago-based manufacturer’s stock has lost more than 16%, closing at $353.81 Thursday, since the most recent crash, on March 10, as the number of probes and lawsuits grew and Boeing suspended deliveries of its best-selling jets. Here is a look at what is happening and what to expect with the 737 Max grounded as the busy summer travel season approaches.

Ongoing investigations

Multiple federal investigations are examining the Max and how it was approved by regulators, along with the planes’ new anti-stall system, known as MCAS. Boeing is also facing lawsuits from the families of crash victims. In March, the FBI joined an investigation of the certification process for the company’s 737 Max jets. House and Senate panels have each launched investigations. Boeing said Thursday it has developed a software update for the 737 Max, a key step in getting the aircraft flying again. The company said it completed more than 360 hours of testing on 207 flights with the updated software. It’s also developed new training materials that the FAA is reviewing. The FAA requested more information, including how the pilots would operate the controls and displays in different circumstances, Boeing said. “We’re committed to providing the FAA and global regulators all the information they need, and to getting it right,” said CEO Dennis Muilenburg in a statement on Thursday. “We’re making clear and steady progress and are confident that the 737 MAX with updated MCAS software will be one of the safest airplanes ever to fly.” Boeing aims to make the MCAS anti-stall system less powerful and give pilots greater control. Investigators have pointed to the system as a factor in the crashes, since the jets’ noses were repeatedly pushed down after the system was fed erroneous information from a sensor. The updated system will also use data from multiple sensors instead of one. It’s unclear how long the FAA will take to approve the fix and deem the planes safe to take to the skies again. In April, the FAA said Boeing’s update was “operationally suitable” in an initial review, and recommended that pilots take additional computer-based training for MCAS. Boeing has also taken a lot of heat following reports that it knew of problems with one of the safety features well before the two crashes, but did not disclose the issues to airlines or regulators until after the Lion Air crash in October.

A group of men and boys examine electronics taken from a pile of twisted metal gathered by workers during the continuing recovery efforts at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 on March 11, 2019 in Bishoftu, Ethiopia. Jemal Countess | Getty Images

The economic toll

Airlines have already missed out on hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue after aviation authorities ordered them to ground the planes. Southwest Airlines, which has 34 Boeing 737 Max jets in its fleet of about 750 planes, said the grounded jets contributed to $200 million in lost revenue during the first three months of the year. American Airlines, which has 24 of the jets, has canceled at least 15,000 flights through August so far. The cancellations due to the grounded Max each day equal about 2% of American’s daily summer flying and will reduce the airline’s pretax earnings this year by $350 million, the carrier said on April 26. Boeing said its costs in the first quarter rose by $1 billion from the groundings, though it can’t predict its financial performance for the rest of the year as deliveries of Max jets are on hold. It currently has a backlog of more than 4,000 orders for the 737 Max and recently cut monthly production of the jet from 52 to 42 planes in April. Analysts have speculated that the company faces billions of dollars in payments to airlines and families of crash victims. Several banks expect Boeing’s production cuts to hit U.S. GDP. Wells Fargo said in April that Boeing’s production cuts will reduce second-quarter GDP growth by 0.2%. Earlier in March, JP Morgan’s CEO said GDP could fall by 0.6% if production of the plane is halted temporarily. “Boeing’s production cuts are large enough to negatively impact incoming reads on the economy,” said Wells Fargo senior economist Sarah House.

Scrambling to restore trust

Boeing has scrambled to persuade airlines and passengers to rally behind the Max jet following the company’s clumsy response to the two fatal crashes. In an effort to win back public trust, Boeing is reportedly hiring some major public relations firms to help reintroduce the jet. On an earnings call in April, Boeing CEO Muilenburg said that pilots would act as key messengers. “We think a key voice in all of this will be the pilots for our airlines, and their voice is very important,” he said. “That bond between the passenger and the pilot is one that’s critical, and so we’re working with our airline customers and those pilot voices to ensure that we can build on that going forward.”

Muilenburg hasn’t said there’s anything wrong with the 737 Max design. Pilots and airlines have complained to Boeing for failing to provide information about new software after the first crash in Indonesia, as well as incomplete information about safety features in the cockpit. Even assurances from Boeing and airlines that the planes are safe may not necessarily resonate with travelers. A Barclays’ survey of airline passengers that was published earlier this month showed that many people will avoid the 737 Max “for an extended period” once it’s allowed to fly again, with over half of respondents saying they’d choose a different aircraft if given the choice. However, some aviation experts have said the stigma associated with the Max, and damage to Boeing’s reputation, will likely dissipate over time. “If Boeing does what it needs to do to fix the problem, if the airline is certified by safety regulators and goes on to fly reliably, then the stigma that exists now will fade away,” Henry Harteveldt, president of Atmosphere Research Group, told CNBC in April.

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Audio recording reveals Boeing resisted angry calls from pilots for 737 Max fix in November

Pilots asked Boeing at a private meeting in November to take emergency action that would have likely grounded the Max, but Boeing officials resisted, according to an audio recording of the meeting reviewed by the Dallas Morning News and New York Times. The meeting attendees included Mike Sinnett, a Boeing vice president; Craig Bomben, a top Boeing test pilot; and senior lobbyist John Moloney, the Times reported. The pilots said they were not aware of the Max’s anti-stall software system, known a


Pilots asked Boeing at a private meeting in November to take emergency action that would have likely grounded the Max, but Boeing officials resisted, according to an audio recording of the meeting reviewed by the Dallas Morning News and New York Times. The meeting attendees included Mike Sinnett, a Boeing vice president; Craig Bomben, a top Boeing test pilot; and senior lobbyist John Moloney, the Times reported. The pilots said they were not aware of the Max’s anti-stall software system, known a
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Audio recording reveals Boeing resisted angry calls from pilots for 737 Max fix in November

Weeks after the first fatal crash of Boeing’s popular 737 Max aircraft in October, American Airlines pilots angrily pushed company officials to fix the anti-stall software that has now been implicated in two deadly Max crashes, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Pilots asked Boeing at a private meeting in November to take emergency action that would have likely grounded the Max, but Boeing officials resisted, according to an audio recording of the meeting reviewed by the Dallas Morning News and New York Times.

The meeting attendees included Mike Sinnett, a Boeing vice president; Craig Bomben, a top Boeing test pilot; and senior lobbyist John Moloney, the Times reported.

Sinnett reportedly told the pilots at the meeting that the company was working on a software fix that would be ready in as little as six weeks, and it would not rush the process, according to the Times. He also said it was unclear whether the new system was to blame in the Lion Air crash, which killed 189 people.

“No one has yet to conclude that the sole cause of this was this function on the airplane,” Sinnett said at the meeting, which took place at the Allied Pilots Association headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. The group represents American Airlines pilots.

The Dallas Morning News said the union recorded the meeting without Boeing’s knowledge and shared the audio with reporters because it was concerned Boeing wasn’t treating the situation as an emergency at the time.

The pilots said they were not aware of the Max’s anti-stall software system, known as MCAS. And they were angry that the system was not disclosed to them until after the October crash in Indonesia.

“These guys didn’t even know the damn system was on the airplane — nor did anybody else,” American pilot Michael Michaelis said at the meeting.

Michaelis, the union’s head of safety, also said Boeing should push the Federal Aviation Administration to issue an additional emergency airworthiness directive in order to update the software.

“My question to you, as Boeing, is why wouldn’t you say this is the smartest thing to do?” Michaelis asked. “Say we’re going to do everything we can to protect that traveling public in accordance with what our pilots unions are telling us.”

Todd Wissing, another American pilot, was angry the MCAS system was not included in the Max training manual.

“I would think that there would be a priority of putting explanations of things that could kill you,” Wissing told Boeing executives.

Sinnett said the company did not believe that pilots needed to know about the software, since they were already trained on how to behave in emergency scenarios.

“I don’t know that understanding this system would’ve changed the outcome on this. In a million miles, you’re going to maybe fly this airplane, maybe once you’re going to see this, ever,” Sinnett said. “So we try not to overload the crews with information that’s unnecessary so they actually know the information we believe is important.”

Sinnett did acknowledge that Boeing was investigating potential errors in the jet’s design.

“One of the questions will be, is our design assumption wrong?” he said. “We’re going through that whole thought process of, were our assumptions really even valid when we did this?”

Boeing is still working on a software upgrade as the Max remains grounded through the summer. The company has revealed that it knew about the problem linked to sensors in the Max jet the year before the Lion Air crash, but did not issue a fix.

Weeks after a second Max crash in Ethiopia, which killed 157 people, Boeing acknowledged for the first time that bad data feeding into the MCAS system played a role in the crashes.

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Boeing should have disclosed automated system to pilots, FAA head says

The acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration told lawmakers Wednesday that Boeing should have given pilots more information about a new anti-stall system that is suspected in two deadly crashes of the 737 Max since October. Investigators have pointed to erroneous sensor data that fed into the planes’ new, automated anti-stall system in the crashes shortly after takeoff in both deadly flights. Some pilots complained that they weren’t aware the MCAS system existed on the planes until aft


The acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration told lawmakers Wednesday that Boeing should have given pilots more information about a new anti-stall system that is suspected in two deadly crashes of the 737 Max since October. Investigators have pointed to erroneous sensor data that fed into the planes’ new, automated anti-stall system in the crashes shortly after takeoff in both deadly flights. Some pilots complained that they weren’t aware the MCAS system existed on the planes until aft
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Boeing should have disclosed automated system to pilots, FAA head says

The acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration told lawmakers Wednesday that Boeing should have given pilots more information about a new anti-stall system that is suspected in two deadly crashes of the 737 Max since October.

“I, as a pilot, when I first heard about this, I thought there should have been more text in the manual” about the MCAS anti-stall system Boeing added to the planes before they were delivered to customers, Daniel Elwell, the FAA’s acting administrator, told a House aviation subcommittee.

The fast-selling 737 Max has been grounded worldwide after the second crash, in Ethiopia in March. The first crash, in October, happened in Indonesia. The crashes killed 346 people.

Investigators have pointed to erroneous sensor data that fed into the planes’ new, automated anti-stall system in the crashes shortly after takeoff in both deadly flights. Some pilots complained that they weren’t aware the MCAS system existed on the planes until after the crash of the Lion Air flight in Indonesia.

Audio surfaced this week of a tense meeting in November in which airline pilots confronted a Boeing executive after the Lion Air crash, angry that they weren’t informed about the system. Boeing vice president Mike Sinnett reportedly told the pilots “In a million miles you’re going to maybe fly this airplane, maybe once you’re going to see this ever,” according to a report in The New York Times.

The FAA is facing several investigations about its role in approving the new planes in 2017 as well as heightened scrutiny of its practice of using company employees to help certify the aircraft before the planes are delivered to airlines.

Elwell also said Boeing engineers discovered a problem with displays that show if sensors on the plane were giving bad information, but the FAA didn’t find out about it for more than a year. The sensors in question transmit what is known as the angle of attack — the angle of the aircraft relative to oncoming air.

“I am not happy with 13-month gap” between the discovery by Boeing and when the FAA and customers found out, Elwell said. He added that the displays are not critical to flight safety and that the agency welcomes scrutiny and has room to improve. Boeing did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Some lawmakers criticized the FAA for its oversight and questioned its longtime practice of using manufacturers own employees to help speed aircraft certification.

“The FAA needs to fix its credibility problem,” Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., and chairman of the subcommittee on aviation, said in prepared remarks.

Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., said “Boeing is yet to provide a single document” to the House panel about the plane.

Boeing is working on a fix for the planes that would give pilots more control over the system and use data from two, instead of one sensor, but the grounding has already pinched some airlines’ revenue and is threatening to crimp sales further if the planes remain off limits during the peak summer travel season.

“If the public doesn’t feel safe about flying then they won’t fly,” Larsen said.

Elwell said the FAA will allow the planes to fly again once it’s “absolutely safe to do so. … It’s important we get this right.”

Also Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation is holding a nomination hearing for President Donald Trump’s pick to run the FAA, former Delta Air Lines executive Stephen Dickson.


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No survivors found in Mexico crash of jet carrying 13 people

All 13 people aboard were killed when a private jet crashed between the U.S. city of Las Vegas and Monterrey in northern Mexico, authorities said on Monday. The surnames of the three crew and 10 passengers published by the Coahuila government were all Hispanic. The victims were aged between 57 and 19, according to a version of the passenger list published in Mexican media. In a statement, Canada’s Bombardier identified the jet as a Challenger 601 and said the plane had gone missing about 150 nau


All 13 people aboard were killed when a private jet crashed between the U.S. city of Las Vegas and Monterrey in northern Mexico, authorities said on Monday. The surnames of the three crew and 10 passengers published by the Coahuila government were all Hispanic. The victims were aged between 57 and 19, according to a version of the passenger list published in Mexican media. In a statement, Canada’s Bombardier identified the jet as a Challenger 601 and said the plane had gone missing about 150 nau
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No survivors found in Mexico crash of jet carrying 13 people

All 13 people aboard were killed when a private jet crashed between the U.S. city of Las Vegas and Monterrey in northern Mexico, authorities said on Monday.

The wreckage of the plane was found via aerial surveillance in a remote mountainous zone in the northern municipality of Ocampo, the government of Coahuila state said in a statement.

A photograph published on local television network Milenio showed what it said were the burnt remnants of the plane, broken into pieces, spread over charred earth.

The Coahuila government said the flight plan listed 13 people on board. It said no survivors were found.

Mexican media reported that the passengers had been to a boxing match between Mexican boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and U.S. fighter Daniel Jacobs in Las Vegas on Saturday.

The nationalities of the victims were not immediately clear. The surnames of the three crew and 10 passengers published by the Coahuila government were all Hispanic.

The victims were aged between 57 and 19, according to a version of the passenger list published in Mexican media.

Newspaper Diario de Yucatan said on its website that among the victims were 55-year-old businessman Luis Octavio Reyes Dominguez, his wife, and their three children.

In a statement, Canada’s Bombardier identified the jet as a Challenger 601 and said the plane had gone missing about 150 nautical miles from the northern Mexican city of Monclova.

Expressing its condolences to the victims, the company said it had been in touch with Canada’s transportation safety board and would work with the investigating authorities.

Mexican broadcaster Televisa reported the twin-engine jet lost contact on Sunday with air traffic controllers sometime after 5:20 p.m. local time (2220 GMT) as the pilot descended to avoid a storm.

Francisco Martinez, an emergency services official in Coahuila, told Milenio recent adverse weather conditions would form part of the investigation into the crash. However, he stopped short of saying weather had caused it.

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Watch Boeing’s annual shareholder meeting

[The stream is slated to start at 11:15 am ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] Boeing is hosting its shareholder annual meeting at its corporate headquarters in Chicago. Two leading shareholder advisory firms have proposed voting against reinstating CEO Dennis Muilenburg as executive chairman in the crash aftermath. The meeting also follows reports that Boeing failed to tell Southwest Airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration that the safety feature


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Watch Boeing's annual shareholder meeting

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Boeing is hosting its shareholder annual meeting at its corporate headquarters in Chicago. Shareholders will likely be eager to hear more about the impact of the 737 Max groundings on the planemaker’s future business after the jet’s anti-stall software was implicated in the crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

Two leading shareholder advisory firms have proposed voting against reinstating CEO Dennis Muilenburg as executive chairman in the crash aftermath. Muilenburg defended that title on the earnings call last week.

The meeting also follows reports that Boeing failed to tell Southwest Airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration that the safety feature that warns pilots about malfunctioning sensors had been deactivated on the Max jets. Southwest did not know about the deactivation until after the Lion Air flight crash in Indonesia, and said that Boeing indicated in its manual that the disagree lights were functional, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The jets have been grounded since mid-March.

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Investigators reportedly believe Boeing 737 Max anti-stall system activated before Ethiopia crash

Investigators looking into the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash involving a Boeing 737 Max plane are said to have reached a preliminary conclusion that an anti-stall system on board misfired, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Those sources told the WSJ the preliminary finding is subject to revisions and one of the people said the U.S. government air-safety experts have been analyzing details gathered from the Ethiopian investigators. Boeing did not immediately respond to a request for comme


Investigators looking into the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash involving a Boeing 737 Max plane are said to have reached a preliminary conclusion that an anti-stall system on board misfired, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Those sources told the WSJ the preliminary finding is subject to revisions and one of the people said the U.S. government air-safety experts have been analyzing details gathered from the Ethiopian investigators. Boeing did not immediately respond to a request for comme
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Investigators reportedly believe Boeing 737 Max anti-stall system activated before Ethiopia crash

Investigators looking into the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash involving a Boeing 737 Max plane are said to have reached a preliminary conclusion that an anti-stall system on board misfired, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Based on data retrieved from the flight’s black boxes, the stall prevention system — known as the MCAS, or Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System — activated automatically before the plane nose-dived into the ground, the Journal said, citing people briefed on the matter.

Those sources told the WSJ the preliminary finding is subject to revisions and one of the people said the U.S. government air-safety experts have been analyzing details gathered from the Ethiopian investigators.

Boeing did not immediately respond to a request for comments sent outside office hours.

Earlier this month, the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 bound for Nairobi crashed shortly after take-off, killing all passengers and crew members on board.

It was the second fatal incident involving a Boeing 737 Max — the plane manufacturer’s new, top-selling jet — since October when a Lion Air flight, which took off from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, crashed into the sea.


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