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People depart a Boeing 737 Max airplane at Dallas Fort Worth Airport following a media flight to Tulsa, Oklahoma.(REUTERS)

US fliers less familiar with Boeing 737 MAX crashes two years on, but wary when reminded: Poll

By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | New York
PUBLISHED ON DEC 28, 2020 05:01 PM IST
The US Federal Aviation Administration lifted a 20-month safety ban on November 18 after approving design changes by Boeing to address systems that played a role in both crashes, which killed a total of 346 people.
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Boeing said Monday it has completed the first of five milestones it must meet before returning the MAX to service(Bloomberg File Photo)
Boeing said Monday it has completed the first of five milestones it must meet before returning the MAX to service(Bloomberg File Photo)

Boeing says 737 MAX expected to resume flying in January

By Agence France-Presse | New York
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2019 05:52 AM IST
The 737 MAX planes have been grounded globally since mid-March, following the deadly Lion Air crash of October 2018 and the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March this year.
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In their final report on Friday, Indonesian investigators highlighted design flaws in MCAS software while also revealing errors or confusion among crew and faulting airline operations.(Reuters File Photo)
In their final report on Friday, Indonesian investigators highlighted design flaws in MCAS software while also revealing errors or confusion among crew and faulting airline operations.(Reuters File Photo)

Boeing completes year of turmoil with promise to Indonesia on 737 MAX crash

By Reuters | Reuters
PUBLISHED ON OCT 26, 2019 09:50 AM IST
With dozens of lawsuits pending, Boeing has not admitted liability. But in March it acknowledged that MCAS was one link in a wider chain of events when an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX also crashed, leading to a worldwide grounding of the fleet.
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The families of 346 people killed in two fatal 737 MAX crashes will get $144,500 each from a $50 million financial assistance fund announced in July.(Bloomberg)
The families of 346 people killed in two fatal 737 MAX crashes will get $144,500 each from a $50 million financial assistance fund announced in July.(Bloomberg)

Boeing to pay 737 MAX crash victims’ families $144,500 each

By Reuters | Washington
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2019 12:14 PM IST
Family members will not be required to waive or release the right to litigate as a condition of participation. The 737 MAX has been grounded since March after fatal crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.
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An aerial photo shows Boeing 737 MAX airplanes parked on the tarmac at the Boeing Factory in Renton, Washington, March 21, 2019(REUTERS)
An aerial photo shows Boeing 737 MAX airplanes parked on the tarmac at the Boeing Factory in Renton, Washington, March 21, 2019(REUTERS)

Don’t blame Boeing; flying has become dangerous

By Angus Whitley
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2019 06:20 PM IST
The reality is that safety, whether it be the training of pilots or add-on features in planes, costs money and there’s a limit to how much the industry can spend safeguarding human life
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A Boeing 737 crashed in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S. May 3, 2019 .(Reuter File Photo)
A Boeing 737 crashed in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S. May 3, 2019 .(Reuter File Photo)

Long before Boeing 737 MAX crash, Ethiopian Air pilot warned of dangers

By Ryan Beene, Nizar Manek | Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAY 29, 2019 12:03 PM IST
Ethiopian Airlines pilot told senior managers that more training and better communication to crew members was needed to avert a repeat of a similar disaster involving a Lion Air flight.
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A French woman whose husband was killed in the March crash of a Boeing 737 MAX airliner in Ethiopia has filed a U.S. lawsuit against the planemaker seeking at least $276 million in damages(REUTERS)
A French woman whose husband was killed in the March crash of a Boeing 737 MAX airliner in Ethiopia has filed a U.S. lawsuit against the planemaker seeking at least $276 million in damages(REUTERS)

Husband killed in Boeing 737 Max air crash, wife sues airliner for $276 million

By Reuters | Paris
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2019 08:00 PM IST
The complaint alleges Boeing failed to inform pilots properly about the risks posed by software meant to prevent the 737 MAX from stalling which repeatedly lowered the plane’s nose due to a faulty sensor data, according to U.S. attorney Nomaan Husain.
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Boeing acknowledged Saturday it had to correct flaws in its 737 MAX flight simulator software used to train pilots, after two deadly crashes involving the aircraft that killed 346 people.(REUTERS)
Boeing acknowledged Saturday it had to correct flaws in its 737 MAX flight simulator software used to train pilots, after two deadly crashes involving the aircraft that killed 346 people.(REUTERS)

Boeing acknowledges flaw in 737 MAX simulator software

By Agence France-Presse | New York
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2019 06:28 PM IST
Its statement marked the first time Boeing acknowledged there was a design flaw in software linked to the 737 MAX, whose MCAS anti-stall software has been blamed in large part for the Ethiopian Airlines tragedy.
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Boeing conducts final test flight of 737 MAX with software fix(REUTERS)
Boeing conducts final test flight of 737 MAX with software fix(REUTERS)

Boeing conducts final test flight of 737 MAX with software fix

By Agence-France-Presse | Washington
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2019 01:18 PM IST
Investigators have zeroed in on the system as a factor behind the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes in October and in March respectively, killing nearly 350 people in totalWashington
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The co-founder of Indonesia’s Lion Air, one of two airlines that lost passengers and crew in recent crashes involving the 737 MAX, has lashed out at Boeing’s handling of the accidents as the potential business fallout from the jet’s grounding intensifies.(REUTERS)
The co-founder of Indonesia’s Lion Air, one of two airlines that lost passengers and crew in recent crashes involving the 737 MAX, has lashed out at Boeing’s handling of the accidents as the potential business fallout from the jet’s grounding intensifies.(REUTERS)

‘They treat us as Third World’: Lion Air co-founder hits out at Boeing

By Reuters | Paris
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2019 10:46 AM IST
Rusdi Kirana said a recent apology by Boeing over the 346 lives lost in the two disasters, firstly at Lion Air in October and then at Ethiopian Airlines last month, stood in contrast to what he viewed as hasty earlier criticism of Lion Air’s pilots.
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Low-cost carrier Southwest, which unlike its rivals only flies Boeing 737s, had estimated $150 million in lost revenue between Feb. 20 and March 31 alone due to MAX cancellations and other factors.(AFPFILE IMAGE FOR REPRESENTATION)
Low-cost carrier Southwest, which unlike its rivals only flies Boeing 737s, had estimated $150 million in lost revenue between Feb. 20 and March 31 alone due to MAX cancellations and other factors.(AFPFILE IMAGE FOR REPRESENTATION)

Too many travelers, too few planes is US airlines’ 737 MAX summer dilemma

By Reuters | CHICAGO
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2019 10:11 PM IST
“The revenue is right in front of them. They can see it, but they can’t meet it,” said Mike Trevino, spokesman for Southwest Airlines Pilots Association and an aviation industry veteran.
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SpiceJet has announced low fare tickets. (AFP File Photo)(AFP File Photo)
SpiceJet has announced low fare tickets. (AFP File Photo)(AFP File Photo)

SpiceJet to lease 16 Boeing 737s to fill gap as groundings push up fares

By Reuters | Singapore
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2019 10:55 AM IST
India’s civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu has directed the civil aviation secretary to review issues related to Jet Airways and take steps to minimise the inconvenience to passengers and ensure their safety, the minister said in a Tweet on Friday.
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China was the first to ground the newest version of Boeing’s workhorse 737 model last month following the Ethiopian Airlines crash.(AP File)
China was the first to ground the newest version of Boeing’s workhorse 737 model last month following the Ethiopian Airlines crash.(AP File)

China to join FAA’s review panel on Boeing’s 737 MAX

By Reuters | Beijing
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2019 04:13 PM IST
The FAA said last week it was forming an international team to review the safety of the aircraft, grounded worldwide following two deadly crashes - in Indonesia and in Ethiopia.
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Flying at full take-off power, according to the flight data, the crew then struggled with nose-down commands from MCAS, four aviation experts told Reuters.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
Flying at full take-off power, according to the flight data, the crew then struggled with nose-down commands from MCAS, four aviation experts told Reuters.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)

How flawed software, high speed, other factors doomed an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX

By HT Correspondent | Reuters
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2019 09:33 AM IST
As soon as the pilots retracted the flaps and slats, according to flight data, a key sensor began to feed faulty information into Boeing’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), designed to prevent stalls.
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But the Boeing Co. 737 Max wasn’t about to stall. Instead, a computer was getting erroneous readings from a sensor mounted like a weather vane on the jet’s nose. The(REUTERS)
But the Boeing Co. 737 Max wasn’t about to stall. Instead, a computer was getting erroneous readings from a sensor mounted like a weather vane on the jet’s nose. The(REUTERS)

Six minutes to disaster: How Ethiopian Air’s pilots battled the Boeing 737 Max

By Alan Levin | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2019 10:48 AM IST
As speed and altitude readings started going haywire, a device known as a stick shaker activated on the left side of the cockpit, where the captain sits.
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Ethiopia urges Boeing to review controls, backs pilots(AP)
Ethiopia urges Boeing to review controls, backs pilots(AP)

Ethiopia urges Boeing to review controls, backs pilots

By Reuters | Addis Ababa
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2019 09:21 PM IST
The doomed flight repeatedly nosedived as the pilots battled to control the nearly full aircraft before it crashed six minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa in clear conditions, Ethiopian authorities said on Thursday.
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The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that pilots on the doomed Ethiopian plane initially followed emergency steps outlined by Boeing but still could not regain control.(AP)
The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that pilots on the doomed Ethiopian plane initially followed emergency steps outlined by Boeing but still could not regain control.(AP)

Ethiopian Airlines 737 crash report expected Thursday: sources

By Agence France-Presse | New York
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2019 10:39 AM IST
Aviation regulators around the world grounded Boeing’s 737 MAX last month following the Ethiopian Airways crash, which came less than five months after an October Lion Air crash that killed 189 people.
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People walk past a part of the wreckage at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on March 10.(REUTERS)
People walk past a part of the wreckage at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on March 10.(REUTERS)

Investigators believe anti-stall system activated in Ethiopia crash: Report

By Agence France-Presse | Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2019 03:03 PM IST
US government experts have been analyzing details gathered by their Ethiopian counterparts for the past few days, the WSJ newspaper added.
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A lawsuit against Boeing Co was filed in U.S. federal court on Thursday in what appeared to be the first suit over a March 10 Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash that killed 157 people.(AFP)
A lawsuit against Boeing Co was filed in U.S. federal court on Thursday in what appeared to be the first suit over a March 10 Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash that killed 157 people.(AFP)

US lawsuit filed against Boeing over Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2019 09:52 PM IST
The lawsuit was filed in Chicago federal court by the family of Jackson Musoni, a citizen of Rwanda, and alleges that Boeing, which manufactures the 737 MAX, had defectively designed the automated flight control system
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An aerial photo shows Boeing 737 MAX airplanes parked on the tarmac at the Boeing Factory in Renton, Washington on March 21.(REUTERS)
An aerial photo shows Boeing 737 MAX airplanes parked on the tarmac at the Boeing Factory in Renton, Washington on March 21.(REUTERS)

Boeing 737 MAX makes emergency landing during US transfer

By AFP | Washington,
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2019 07:16 AM IST
“The aircraft returned and landed safely in Orlando,” the US Federal Aviation Agency said in a statement, adding that no passengers were on board the aircraft, which was being transferred to Victorville, California for storage.
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Flights lined in queue for takeoff at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai.(HT File Photo)
Flights lined in queue for takeoff at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai.(HT File Photo)

Airfares are soaring ahead of peak summer travel season: Here’s why

UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2019 10:21 AM IST
Cash-strapped Jet Airways has grounded 78 aircraft and cancelled flights. This month, SpiceJet grounded 12 aircraft after a Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, operated by Ethiopian Airlines, crashed near Addis Ababa killing 157 people.
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Ethiopia’s transport minister has said clear similarities exist between the two crashes based on an analysis of black box data, without giving further details.(Reuters/ representative Image)
Ethiopia’s transport minister has said clear similarities exist between the two crashes based on an analysis of black box data, without giving further details.(Reuters/ representative Image)

Ethiopian Airlines ‘believes in’ Boeing despite crash, says CEO

By Agence France-Presse | Addis Ababa
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2019 03:08 PM IST
It was the second disaster for the 737 MAX 8 since the October crash of an Indonesian Lion Air Jet that killed all 189 passengers and crew. Aviation regulators responded by grounding the model around the world.
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Neither the Lion Air aircraft which crashed in Indonesia, nor the Ethiopian Airlines jet, had the feature, the source said. More than 300 people perished in the two cases.(REUTERS)
Neither the Lion Air aircraft which crashed in Indonesia, nor the Ethiopian Airlines jet, had the feature, the source said. More than 300 people perished in the two cases.(REUTERS)

After crashes, Boeing 737 MAX to get new warning light: Report

By Agence France-Presse | New York
UPDATED ON MAR 22, 2019 07:59 AM IST
The development comes as the manufacturer struggles to cope with the fallout from both the Indonesia crash and another in Ethiopia this month, which have cast a spotlight on the safety certification process and shaken confidence in a plane that is crucial to its future plans.
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An Indonesian National Transportation Safety Commission (KNKT) official examines a turbine engine from the Lion Air flight JT610 at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 4, 2018.(REUTERS)
An Indonesian National Transportation Safety Commission (KNKT) official examines a turbine engine from the Lion Air flight JT610 at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 4, 2018.(REUTERS)

Lion Air pilots searched for right checklist before crash: Investigators

By Reuters | Jakarta
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2019 05:53 PM IST
Nurcahyo Utomo, an investigator at Indonesia’s national transportation committee (KNKT) said the recording showed there was “panic” in the cockpit in the last 20 seconds of the flight.
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Lion Air's Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane is parked on the tarmac of Soekarno Hatta International airport near Jakarta, Indonesia, on March 15.(REUTERS)
Lion Air's Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane is parked on the tarmac of Soekarno Hatta International airport near Jakarta, Indonesia, on March 15.(REUTERS)

Indonesia is interviewing the off-duty pilot aboard Lion Air flight

By Fathiya Dahrul and Harry Suhartono and Kyunghee Park | Bloomberg, Jakarta/Singapore
UPDATED ON MAR 21, 2019 04:26 PM IST
The presence of an extra pilot may help investigators determine how some 737 Max flight crews faced with the malfunction have been able to avert disaster while the others lost control of their planes and crashed.
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Boeing said it would deploy a software upgrade to the 737 MAX 8, a few hours after the FAA said it would mandate “design changes” in the aircraft by April.(Reuters)
Boeing said it would deploy a software upgrade to the 737 MAX 8, a few hours after the FAA said it would mandate “design changes” in the aircraft by April.(Reuters)

Boeing’s safety analysis of 737 MAX flight control had crucial flaws: Report

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2019 09:38 AM IST
Boeing’s safety analysis of the flight control system called MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System) understated the power of this system, the Seattle Times said, citing current and former engineers at the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
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An Oromo man hired to assist forensic investigators walks by a pile of twisted airplane debris at the crash site of an Ethiopian airways operated Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on March 16, 2019 at Hama Quntushele village near Bishoftu in Oromia region. - A French investigation into the March 10 Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crash that killed 157 passengers and crew opened on March 15 as US aerospace giant Boeing stopped delivering the top-selling aircraft. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP)(AFP)
An Oromo man hired to assist forensic investigators walks by a pile of twisted airplane debris at the crash site of an Ethiopian airways operated Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on March 16, 2019 at Hama Quntushele village near Bishoftu in Oromia region. - A French investigation into the March 10 Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crash that killed 157 passengers and crew opened on March 15 as US aerospace giant Boeing stopped delivering the top-selling aircraft. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP)(AFP)

Black Box shows similarities between Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes

By Nizar Manek and Rita Devlin Marier | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2019 09:18 AM IST
The Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed March 10 minutes after it took off from Ethiopia’s capital, killing all 157 people on board.
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An Oromo man hired to assist forensic investigators walks by a pile of twisted airplane debris at the crash site of an Ethiopian airways operated Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on March 16, 2019 at Hama Quntushele village near Bishoftu in Oromia region.(AFP Photo)
An Oromo man hired to assist forensic investigators walks by a pile of twisted airplane debris at the crash site of an Ethiopian airways operated Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on March 16, 2019 at Hama Quntushele village near Bishoftu in Oromia region.(AFP Photo)

Crashed Ethiopian jet asked permission to climb quickly before vanishing: Report

By Reuters | Addis Ababa
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2019 09:46 PM IST
A voice from the cockpit of the Boeing 737 MAX requested to climb to 14,000 feet above sea level - about 6,400 feet above the airport - before urgently asking to return, the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity because the recording is part of an ongoing investigation.
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SpiceJet leased two aircraft from a Turkish airline that will help ease a shortage of jets from Saturday,(Mint)
SpiceJet leased two aircraft from a Turkish airline that will help ease a shortage of jets from Saturday,(Mint)

SpiceJet leases two aircraft to tide over Boeing 737 Max crisis

By Faizan Haider | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2019 09:36 AM IST
The domestic aviation industry has been hit by a shortage of jets following a ban on the Boeing 737 MAX 8, the type of aircraft that crashed in Ethiopia on Sunday killing 157 people.
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US aerospace giant Boeing is suspending deliveries of its top-selling 737 MAX aircraft following a second deadly crash, but production of the planes will continue, a company spokesman told AFP.(AP)
US aerospace giant Boeing is suspending deliveries of its top-selling 737 MAX aircraft following a second deadly crash, but production of the planes will continue, a company spokesman told AFP.(AP)

Boeing suspends deliveries of 737 MAX aircraft, production to continue

By Agence France-Presse | New York
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2019 07:53 AM IST
The crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight on Sunday, which killed 157 people, led governments worldwide to ban the planes until the cause is determined.
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