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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.

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