Boeing 737 Max 8 Jets Scrutinized

Investigators with the Indonesia National Transportation Safety Commission blamed an automatic safety system as one contributing factor, reporting that pilots struggled to override its continuous attempts to force the plane’s nose downward.
Investigators with the Indonesia National Transportation Safety Commission blamed an automatic safety system as one contributing factor, reporting that pilots struggled to override its continuous attempts to force the plane’s nose downward.

The Federal Aviation Authority, as well as at least two major U.S. airlines, have not announced any plans to ground Boeing 737 Max 8 planes following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, and amid reports of aviation authorities in China, Indonesia and Ethiopian Airlines taking the aircraft out of service.

“The FAA is closely monitoring developments in the Ethiopian Flight 302 crash early this morning,” the agency confirmed Sunday. “We are in contact with the State Department and plan to join the NTSB in its assistance with Ethiopian civil aviation authorities to investigate the crash.”

In addition to China, Indonesia and Ethiopian Airlines, Cayman Airways has temporarily grounded its two Boeing 737 Max 8 planes.

Boeing, which is based out of Chicago, has said it does not intend to issue any further guidance to customers, the Associated Press reported.

“Boeing is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the passengers and crew on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a 737 MAX 8 airplane,” the company wrote in a news release issued Sunday. “We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board and stand ready to support the Ethiopian Airlines team. A Boeing technical team will be traveling to the crash site to provide technical assistance under the direction of the Ethiopia Accident Investigation Bureau and U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.”

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See Also:

(1) Boeing 737 Max 8 under intense scrutiny after two crashes in five months (Paywall)

(2) Crashed Ethiopian jet’s flight recorders found

(3) Doomed Ethiopian Boeing jet ‘had smoke pouring from the rear’ before crashing

(4) Tearful colleagues pay tribute to Ethiopian Airlines pilot with ‘excellent flying record’

(5) How Boeing’s 737 Max Went From Bestseller to Safety Concern

Update 3:33am March 12th, 2019:

(6) Six members of Brampton family among the dead in Ethiopian Airlines crash

Update 4:10am March 12th, 2019:

(7) Questions raised over ‘anti-stall’ system on Boeing 737 Max 8s after two crashes in six months

Update 12:47pm March 13th, 2019:

(8) Canada grounds the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft

Update 3:57pm March 13th, 2019:

(9) Trump says FAA will ground Boeing 737 Max 8, 737 Max 9 planes following deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash

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