Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Matt Rocheleau Globe Staff March 13, 2019 Pilots in the United States have logged safety concerns with federal authorities in recent months about a new version of the Boeing 737 jetliner that’s now under intense scrutiny following a pair of deadly crashes just months apart. Countries across the world have ordered the 737 Max 8 jets to be grounded in the wake of the most recent crash Sunday in Ethiopia, which killed 157 people.The US Federal Aviation Administration held out longer than most. President Trump said Wednesday afternoon he was issuing an emergency order grounding all 737 Max 8 and Max 9 planes. Advertisement Federal records show the FAA has received safety complaints about the jets, which have only been in service since 2017. Get Metro Headlines in your inbox: The 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and around New England delivered … [Read more...] about For months, pilots have complained to the FAA about safety issues with Boeing 737 Max 8 jets
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U.S. Days after a deadly plane crash in Ethiopia, President Donald Trump said all Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes and related aircraft would be grounded in the United States. But what exactly is wrong with the Boeing 737 Max 8 plane? What Is Wrong with the Boeing 737 Max 8 Plane? On Sunday, an Ethiopian Airlines flight that departed from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, crashed six minutes after taking off and all 157 passengers were killed. The plane involved in the crash was the Boeing 737 Max 8, which was first used for commercial flights in 2017. In October, an Indonesian Lion Air Flight, which was also a Boeing 737 Max 8, crashed and killed all 189 people on board. The cause of either crash hasn’t been determined, but Ethiopian Airlines Chief Executive Officer Tewolde Gebremariam told CNN the pilot had difficulties with flight control of the airplane. "We believe the similarities [between the two crashes] are substantial," GebreMariam said. He called speculation into the cause … [Read more...] about What’s Wrong with the Boeing 737 Max 8? Why Did Donald Trump Issue Emergency Order Grounding Flights?
CLEVELAND, Ohio – One veteran airline pilot is convinced that grounding the Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft after two crashes within five months is a knee-jerk reaction and insisted the planes are safe to fly.“Absolutely, I would get on the plane with no problem,’’ said the pilot, who also is a training officer for his airline and spoke to The Plain Dealer on the condition of anonymity. He has spent decades with one of the three U.S. airlines that flies the Max 8 and 9 and all the other permutations of the workhorse Boeing 737 plane. President Trump ordered the Federal Aviation Administration to ground the planes Wednesday in the wake of a 737 Max 8 crash of an Ethiopian Airliner that killed 157 people Sunday, and after an apparently similar crash of the same model jet flown by Lion Air flight in Indonesia killed all 189 people on board in October 2018.Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines have a total 72 Max 8 and Max 9 jets, which are the … [Read more...] about Veteran airline pilot says grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 may be premature
Chicago-based aerospace giant Boeing announced late Monday that it would update flight control systems on its 737 Max 8 commercial jetliners after the plane was involved in two deadly accidents in the past five months. The move came hours after the Federal Aviation Administration issued an advisory mandating specific "design changes" no later than April 2019. For months Boeing has faced harsh criticism from pilot groups, which took issue with a decision to update the plane's flight controls without detailing the changes in pilot training. "Boeing has been working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on development, planning and certification of the software enhancement, and it will be deployed across the 737 Max fleet in the coming weeks," the company wrote. "The update also incorporates feedback received from our customers." The announcement comes amid a broader crisis for Boeing in which the safety of the latest model of its best-selling commercial aircraft has been … [Read more...] about Boeing Promises 737 Max 8 Software Update by April Following Second Crash
Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN)Indonesia has ordered an inspection of all Boeing 737 Max 8 planes belonging to national commercial airlines, a day after Lion Air flight 610 crashed into the sea minutes after takeoff from the capital Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board. Speaking to CNN by phone Tuesday, transportation ministry official Capt. Avirianto said Lion Air currently has 11 of the models in its fleet while national carrier Garuda Indonesia has one. "We have inspected Garuda last night while Lion is still in progress," he said, adding that the ministry hopes to inspect at least three of Lion Air's planes Tuesday night and the other eight soon. It is unclear whether the Garuda aircraft passed the inspection. The managing director of Lion Air group, Daniel Putut Adi Kuncoro, confirmed to CNN that the transport ministry was carrying out the inspections. "We are waiting for their results," he said. "We will follow what the regulator tells us to do." Read More Search-and-rescue … [Read more...] about Lion Air crash: Indonesia to inspect all Boeing 737 Max 8 planes