Published: Fri, March 22, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Similarities between Ethiopian Airlines, Lion Air crashes

Similarities between Ethiopian Airlines, Lion Air crashes

The Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 MAX 8 of the Ethiopian Airlines crashed early on March 10.

- Boeing maintains its new, fuel-efficient jets are safe, but supported the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) decision to ground them.

Mourners in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia carry portraits of victims from the Ethiopian Airlines crash.

"We're united with our airline customers, worldwide regulators and government authorities in our efforts to support the most recent investigation, understand the facts of what happened and help prevent future tragedies", Dennis Muilenburg, the chief executive of the Chicago-based plane maker, said in the letter.

China's Ministry of Commerce, which is in charge of the nation's trade talks with the US, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Boeing has said that in the aftermath of October's Lion Air MAX 8 crash, it has "been developing a flight control software enhancement for the 737 MAX, created to make an already safe aircraft even safer". The same aspect has been noted as a link to the investigations on the Lion Air crash roughly five months ago.

The Seattle Times noted that the Boeing, an American manufacturer, designed the 737 Max 8 to share similar attributes to existing models.

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Muilenburg added that Boeing have been working in "full co-operation" with authorities and regulators. While the European planemaker is increasing narrow-body output at its plant in Tianjin and elsewhere, the 737 Max's grounding has no bearing on Airbus demand, Chief Commercial Officer Christian Scherer said Tuesday at an event in Taipei. FAA and Boeing will face congressional questions about why the software upgrade took so long to complete and whether Boeing had too great a role in the certification process. They intend to to issue a preliminary report by mid-April.

Boeing shares were little changed in early USA trading from a close of $372.28 Monday in NY.

The US Transportation Department's inspector general is probing the FAA's approval of the MCAS, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The Transportation Department's FAA regulates Chicago-based Boeing and is responsible for certifying that planes can fly safely.

Norwegian Airlines has already said it will seek compensation after grounding its MAX aircraft, and various companies are reconsidering orders.

But the Lion Air accident showed the system can erroneously correct for a stall when the plane is taking off, based on one bad sensor, and continuously fight the pilot for control. The company has fallen about 12 percent since the Friday before the crash.

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