Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Boeing to give free software fix to 737 Max 8 customers

The US planemaker Boeing has said it will give airlines a free software update to rectify issues with the anti-stall system which is believed to be the root cause of the two crashes of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft which lead to the global grounded of the type.

Whilst this may seem like good news, it may take more time to get the aircraft back in the air as various regulatory bodies around the world will still need to examined and test the software patch. Many have called into question the trust in Federal Aviation Administration certification, as it allowed Boeing to virtually self certify its own aircraft and software as safe to fly. The US Transportation Department confirmed this week that it was setting up an independent panel to look into the certification programme of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft. 

The authorities in Ethiopia have indicated that its preliminary findings into the Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max crash will be released at the end of this week or Monday next week. 

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