Ethiopian Airlines questions Boeing's 'aggressive' software

Ethiopian Airlines questions Boeing's 'aggressive' software

Airlines around the world grounded the aircraft an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed earlier this month, killing 157 people.

The FAA demanded the software fixes be completed "no later than April" and says it will evaluate the software fixes next week.

Boeing did not detail the system in pilot training for the 737 Max, however, which pilots said left them in the dark about how to respond to potentially unsafe scenarios.

Teams from the three US airlines that own 737 MAX jets were heading to Boeing Co's factory in Renton, Washington, to review a software upgrade on Saturday, even as Southwest Airlines Co began parking its 34 MAXs near the California desert.

Boeing Co is expected as early as Monday to formally disclose a planned upgrade to its anti-stall system to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that has been in the works since October's Lion Air crash but still needs approval from US regulators.

The US company is tweaking the system created to prevent an aerodynamic stall if sensors detect that the plane's nose is pointed too high.

Boeing's planned software update for the Max must "address the problem 100 percent before we return the aircraft to air", he said, noting that the airline hasn't made a decision on whether or not to cancel orders for Max jets.

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Although the precise causes of the two crashes remain unknown, Boeing has faced harsh criticism from US pilot groups, advocacy organizations and lawmakers over a decision to add a flight control system called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, into the 737 Max 8 without notifying pilots.

"We've been working diligently and in close cooperation with the FAA on the software update", a Boeing spokesman said Saturday in a statement.

"We have been engaging with all 737 MAX operators and we are continuing to schedule meetings to share information about our plans for supporting the 737 MAX fleet", the Boeing spokeswoman said, declining to confirm the timeline for the changes. The FAA's Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee is composed in part by "representatives from manufacturers, and the airlines themselves", calling into question whether they have the public's best interests in mind, Schumer said.

The acting FAA head is among transport officials who are to testify on Wednesday before a congressional subcommittee.

He added that it was still waiting for Boeing to come up with a software upgrade for the 737 Max.

Ralph Nader, the veteran U.S. consumer protection advocate who lost a relative in the Ethiopia crash, called Friday for an organization to defend passengers' rights.

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