'Clear similarities' found in Boeing crashes, official says

The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 plane which crashed, killing all 157 onboard. Boeing installed the MCAS system as a safety feature.

Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg issued the following statement regarding the report from Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges today.

The 737 MAX has been banned from flying in most countries after an Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday that killed all 157 people on board.

While Boeing has repeatedly expressed confidence in the aircraft's safety, it is now working on a software update with the FAA amid suspicions that faulty sensors and software contributed to the two crashes that killed 346 people in less than six months.

She spoke after French air accident investigations bureau BEA had sent the data from both the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder to Ethiopian authorities.

The system determined the position of the plane's nose and would point it down automatically if it considered the angle of attack to be too steep, as a steep angle could lead the aircraft to stall and crash.

Five of Southwest Airline's grounded Boeing 737 Max jets are parked at Orlando International Airport as the FAA investigates two crashes connected to the aircraft.

A preliminary report on the crash is to be released within 30 days, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The FAA said on Thursday that all 787 MAX planes would remain grounded until a software upgrade to the MCAS could be tested and installed in all of the planes.

Officials from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and European flight regulators were also present when the data was obtained, the paper wrote.

The US's air-safety agency initially resisted moves by its global peers to ground the 737 MAX after the second crash.

The agency has insisted it had followed standard procedures in certifying the Boeing 737 MAX model. The newspaper said the analysis also failed to account how the system could reset itself each time a pilot responded - in essence, gradually ratcheting the horizontal stabilizer into a dive position.

"The pilot will always be able to override the flight control law (MCAS) using electric trim or manual trim", the aircraft manufacturer said.

"We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again", said a Boeing Company representative.

"MCAS is created to automatically counteract that tendency and point the nose of the plane downward".


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