Daily Trends Now
Daily Trends Now

Ethiopian official says 737 Max plane crash report due this week

Ethiopian official says 737 Max plane crash report due this week

The testimony by Calvin Scovel III, the Transportation Department's inspector general who monitors the FAA and other agencies, said his office has found management weaknesses with a number of the FAA's oversight processes over the years.

Boeing's test pilots next conducted a certification flight with the FAA on March 12, just a day before the agency ordered all MAX commercial flights grounded.

No passengers were aboard the flight, which was being ferried from Orlando International Airport to Victorville, California for storage. More than two-thirds of our fleet is Boeing. Both aircraft struggled to maintain speed and altitude immediately after takeoff, a problem that is being blamed on a fault with the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).

The statement said the airline plans to move the plane to its Orlando maintenance facility for evaluation. The aircraft took off at 8.38 am local time from the capital, Addis Ababa, and lost contact at 8.44 am.

The software is believed to have been the cause of two accidents (Indonesia and Ethiopia) that claimed that lives of 346 people.

During the Lion Air flight's last minutes, pilots searched in a handbook for a way to stop the plane from nosediving, according to a Reuters report.

The final submission to the FAA is expected at the end of this week, the Boeing official said.

19 jurisdictions including Australia and the entire European Union have banned 737 Max 8 flights.

Boeing has been working on a software upgrade for an anti-stall system and more pilot controls on its fastest-selling jetliner.

Ethiopian and French investigators have pointed to "clear similarities" between the two crashes, putting pressure on Boeing and USA regulators to come up with an adequate fix.

Markey repeatedly pressed Elwell on whether the FAA should stop airplane manufactures from offering some safety features as options as opposed to built-in requirements, relating these features to seat belts and airbags in cars.

An Ethiopian official said a preliminary report on the plane crash that killed 157 on March 10 will be made public later this week.

The Boeing 737 Max was grounded by USA officials two weeks ago following the second deadly crash involving the series of planes.

The Department of Transportation has opened a probe into the FAA's approval process and recently launched a special committee to review the system, while the Justice Department reportedly pursues a criminal investigation into the certification of Boeing's Max jets - which were involved in the recent Lion's Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes.

The crew declared an emergency after taking off from Orlando International Airport (seen in the above stock image) around 2:50pm, and landed the plane safely.

"Should we be directed by our regulators to implement any such changes or associated training, we will absolutely take the proper steps to do so", Ms. Bell said. "We write to request answers about Boeing's ongoing practice of charging airlines extra for safety-critical systems important to the operation of an aircraft". The airline's flights from Cleveland to Reykjavik, Iceland's capital, had utilized that model.


editors' picks

March 26, 2019
Apple Arcade, TV Plus, Streaming Service
Going forward for users with up-to-date devices, the News widget will open into the Apple News app rather than loading web pages. Apple watchers complained on social media that they could've done with less hype, and more actual clips from the shows.

March 25, 2019
Dubai projects New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern image on Burj Khalifa
At the same time we are anxious to see the wonderful people of New Zealand and their Prime Minister well protected. Foreign leaders and dignitaries would likely be in attendance, as well as global Muslim leaders.

March 23, 2019
Mueller investigation report doesn’t recommend any further indictments, source says
Federal prosecutors, also in NY , have been investigating foreign contributions made to the president's inaugural committee. After Mueller turns in his report, Barr has said he will draft a second one for congressional and public consumption.

March 21, 2019
NZ PM Ardern calls for global fight against racism
Of course, the worldwide community has also contributed positively to New Zealand's recovery. Under New Zealand law, a trial is "to determine innocence or guilt", Peters said.

March 21, 2019
Sobering start to the season for Ferrari - so where to now?
Whiting was at the Melbourne circuit on Wednesday but passed away overnight after suffering a pulmonary embolism. Charles Leclerc obeyed a team instruction to hold position and came home fifth on his Ferrari debut.

March 20, 2019
Apex Legends Season 1 - Wild Frontier and Battle Pass Begin Today
Season 1 of Apex Legends , entitled Wild Frontier , will finally go live tomorrow for all platforms at 10:00am PST/1:00pm EST. Purchasing the pass will also unlock the Lifeline Revolutionary skin, the Wraith Survivor skin, and the Mirage Outlaw skin.

March 20, 2019
California Rep. Devin Nunes Files $250 Million Lawsuit Against Twitter for Defamation
It's not expected to be his last against social media entities and news outlets, who he accused of shadow banning and defamation. President Trump Tuesday slammed Twitter and other media companies, accusing them of backing Democrats .

March 19, 2019
Barcelona's Luis Suarez to miss up to 15 days with ankle injury
We're fortunate to be living at a time when he's playing football . Suarez appeared to hurt his lower right leg late in the match.

March 15, 2019
Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters
Android Q will also let the users jump directly into another app for sharing content using a feature called Sharing Shortcuts . Android Q will also deliver better graphics, making Vulkan 1.1 mandatory for all 64-bit devices running Android Q and higher.

March 14, 2019
Anthony Davis rumors ‘sapped morale’ of Los Angeles’ players
It is unlikely to be enough to extend the Lakers' season, but James believes they will be playoff contenders in the future. James, who will turn 35 next season, signed a four-year deal with the Lakers over the summer.