Boeing Promises To Release Software Update For 737 Max Planes By April

#FAA statement on the temporary grounding of @Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operated by USA airlines or in a US territory.

Pressure grew on the United States to take action over the Boeing 737 Max 8 as Asian, Middle Eastern and then European nations and carriers gave in to concerns.

As investigators probe the latest deadly crash of Boeing's bestselling airliner, US President Donald Trump weighed in Tuesday with his own explanation: modern planes are too complicated for pilots.

In a statement, CASA said that no Australian airlines now have any of the planes in use, but that two global carriers had 737 MAX routes to Australia.

The U.S. -based Boeing had said it had no reason to pull the popular aircraft from the skies and did not intend to issue new recommendations about the aircraft to customers. The Ethiopian disaster that claimed 157 lives this weekend followed the crash of a Lion Air 737 Max off the coast of Indonesia in October. The FAA last grounded a major passenger aircraft in 2013, when it barred operators from flying Boeing 787s for more than three months because of a battery issue. Air Canada has 24 Max 8 aircraft (out of 184 in its main fleet), which it uses mainly for domestic and USA routes, while Calgary-based WestJet Airlines Ltd. has 13 Max 8s (out of about 150 planes).

These governments and airlines have suspended the use of the jets or banned them from entering their airspace.

Although there is no proof of any link, the twin disasters have spooked passengers, led to the grounding of most of Boeing's 737 MAX fleet and hammered shares in the USA plane maker, the world's largest.

"The pilot was fighting against the computer software, which wanted to drop the nose of the aircraft" and "eventually there was a loss of control", said Garneau, a former astronaut.

Reuters and other media outlets have reported that Boeing has for months planned design changes after the Lion Air crash in Indonesia but the FAA notice was the first public confirmation.

On another flight, the co-pilot said that seconds after engaging the autopilot, the nose pitched downward and the plane began descending at 1,200 to 1,500 feet (365 to 460 meters) per minute.

So far, Southwest has the largest Max fleet with 34 aircraft, while American has 24.

The MAX has a bigger and more efficient engine compared with earlier 737 models. The crash occurred shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

"Losing a brother and mother in the same day and not having their bodies to bury is very painful", he said in the Kenyan capital Nairobi where the plane had been due.

That type of airccraft were initially used on the route when it was launched in 2017 before the airline's 737 MAX fleet was delivered.

Boeing's shares fell as much as 10 percent on the prospect that two such crashes in such a short time could reveal flaws in its new plane.

The president said he "didn't have to make this decision today", but concluded, "it's the right thing to do".

"Boeing is an incredible company", Trump said. "We'll continue to engage with all of them to ensure they have the information they need to have confidence in operating their fleets or returning them to service", the company reportedly said.

  • Rogelio Becker