American aviation regulators are urging their counterparts around the world to do more to ensure that airline pilots are trained in manual emergency procedures that could have prevented two deadly crashes of Boeing 737 MAX airliners. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is presenting a paper this week it wrote in conjunction with Canada and other nations urging the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), an arm of the United Nations, to study training needs and how to improve minimum standards. The paper, which is being considered at the ICAO’s 40th Assembly this week in Montreal, doesn’t mention the crashes that led to the grounding of the 737 MAX in March. But newly installed FAA Administrator Steve Dickson has made the connection. While the agency is examining design issues on the plane that helped contribute to the crashes, “we also need to take a look at how the pilots interacted with the machine,” Dickson said in a Sept. 19 interview. … [Read more...] about FAA recommends better pilot training in wake of Boeing 737 MAX crashes
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Lion Air and Indonesia’s civil aviation authority are pushing back on conclusions reached by investigators probing last year’s deadly crash of a Boeing 737 MAX amid concerns that too much blame is being placed on the Indonesian side, according to people familiar with the matter. Lion Air expressed its objections to Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee after 25 of 41 lapses found in the NTSC’s latest draft of the report were directed toward the carrier, one of the people said, asking not to be named discussing a private matter. The country’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation also relayed its objections, another person familiar with the matter said. NTSC Chairman Soerjanto Tjahjono said Monday investigators are still evaluating input from related parties before finalizing the report but declined to comment further. Representatives for Indonesia’s DGCA and Lion Air declined to comment. Boeing said it continues to “work with the … [Read more...] about Boeing 737 MAX crash report faces pushback from Lion Air, Indonesia regulator
Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg has agreed to testify before Congress next month on the grounded 737 MAX that was involved in two fatal crashes that killed 346 people, a U.S. House of Representatives committee and the company said on Friday. John Hamilton, chief engineer of Boeing's Commercial Airplanes division and Jennifer Henderson, chief pilot for the 737, will join Muilenburg when he testifies on Oct. 30, the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said. The CEO has not testified before Congress since the fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. The plane was grounded and the FAA's certification of the new aircraft was questioned. "We will continue to cooperate with Congress and regulatory authorities as we focus on safely returning the MAX to service," Boeing said, adding it has provided more than 300,000 pages of documents to the committee. Sources said Muilenburg was also expected to appear before the Senate Commerce Committee next month. Boeing did not … [Read more...] about Boeing CEO to Testify Before Congress About Grounded 737 MAX
A monthslong federal investigation into Boeing’s 737 Max plane has called into question some of the most fundamental assumptions used by manufacturers and regulators when certifying aircraft, and challenged Boeing’s repeated assertions that pilots should have been able to easily handle a malfunction on its jet. The National Transportation Safety Board, which released the results of its review of potential lapses in the design and approval of the 737 Max on Thursday, faulted the company for making erroneous assumptions during the development of the jet and pushed for broader changes in the way airplanes are certified. The agency said Boeing had underestimated the effect that a malfunction of new automated software in the aircraft could have on the environment in the cockpit. When activated, the system, known as MCAS, automatically moves the Max’s tail and pushes its nose down. The system contributed to two crashes in less than five months that killed 346 people and … [Read more...] about Boeing Underestimated Cockpit Chaos on 737 Max, N.T.S.B. Says
By 2007, Garuda, the national airline, had a notoriously bad safety record. Two weeks after Adam Air’s bent-airplane episode in Surabaya, a Garuda captain at the controls of a 737 bound for another airport on the island of Java allowed the airplane to get too high on the approach and tried to resolve the problem by pointing the nose down and diving at the runway despite the co-pilot’s calls to abort the approach and circle around. The captain got the airplane going so fast that when he called for flaps to configure for landing, the co-pilot did not dare extend them for fear of structural damage and did not communicate his doubts to the captain. Investigators later criticized the co-pilot for poor teamwork, specifically for not taking control of the airplane, but short of clubbing the captain into submission, there wasn’t much he could do. The airplane landed long, touched down going 100 miles an hour too fast, bounced three times and went careering off the far end of … [Read more...] about What Really Brought Down the Boeing 737 Max?