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Ethiopian jet crash could unlock high-stakes Boeing query

Ethiopian jet crash could unlock high-stakes Boeing query

"To help inform the Department's decision making and the public's understanding, and to assist the FAA in ensuring that its safety procedures are implemented effectively, this is to confirm my request that the Office of Inspector General proceed with an audit to compile an objective and detailed factual history of the activities that resulted in the certification of the Boeing 737-MAX 8 aircraft. The FAA's ongoing review of this software installation and training is an agency priority, as will be the roll-out of any software, training, or other measures to operators of the 737 Max", the FAA said in a statement Wednesday.

"Of course, when that software change is ready, which is in a number of weeks, we will, in Canada, even if it's certified by the FAA, we will do our own certification", Transportation Minister Marc Garneau said.

Indonesian authorities found the cockpit voice recorder in the Java Sea on January 14 and said it could take up to a year to publish a full report into the crash. In addition, the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), created to tilt the aircraft's nose to prevent it from stalling, was able to move the plane's tail "more than four times farther than was stated in the initial safety analysis document".

While some airlines are anxious about the impact on profits, they have been able to keep services going, swapping MAX planes for others, or using partner carriers.

Wheels from the crashed Lion Air flight JT 610.

The fix had not been completed when an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa March 10, killing 157 people under eerily similar circumstances.

Another, separate investigation is already underway by Scovel and the US Department of Justice's Criminal Division.

In the past, Europe and Canada would have accepted the findings of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Wheels from the crashed Lion Air flight JT 610
ULET IFANSASTI GETTYWheels from the crashed Lion Air flight JT 610

At the end, the sources told Reuters, the Indian-born captain, 31, was quiet, while the Indonesian officer, 41, said "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest") - an Arabic phrase to express excitement, shock, praise or distress.

Meanwhile, the investigation into the final minutes of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 turned on Tuesday to the secrets in the cockpit voice recorder as Boeing and a shaken global aviation industry hung on the outcome.

A stall occurs when the airflow over a plane's wings is too weak to generate lift and keep it flying.

The so-called dead-head pilot on the earlier flight from Bali to Jakarta told the crew to cut power to the motor driving the nose down, according to the people familiar, part of a checklist that all pilots are required to memorize.

An Indonesian forensic police officer takes samples from recovered belongings of the passangers of the crashed Lion Air flight JT610 previous year.

Why didn't we put safety first?

In Ethiopia, which is leading the investigation of the crash, experts were poring over the in-flight recording of the captain and first officer. It draws attention to malfunction of Boeing's new anti-stall system called Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), installed on MAX planes.

The 737 MAX entered service in 2017.




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