Southwest Airlines, the largest Boeing 737 MAX customer, says Boeing told them a standard flight angle alert system had to be bought separately to be activated, contradicting the manual – and only after the deadly Lion Air crash. The system in question, officially known as the angle of attack (AOA) disagree light, is basically an indicator at a plane’s control board. The light is expected to go on whenever the aircraft’s nose pitches up or down too far, warning its pilots of a potentially dangerous situation. Read more Such a light was a standard issue on earlier models of Boeing planes, and was expected to work in the same manner on the ill-fated MAX 737 planes – except it wasn’t – instead coming as part of an additional indicator package. When the new planes were delivered to Southwest Airlines, the “lights were depicted to us by Boeing as operable on all MAX aircraft” regardless of purchasing the add-on, the airline operator said … [Read more...] about Safety optional? Boeing told Southwest 737 MAX alert feature NOT ON by default after Indonesia crash
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Dawn Gilbertson USA TODAY Published 2:48 AM EDT Apr 7, 2019 Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg made a bold promise to travelers Thursday. When the grounded Boeing 737 Max planes return to the skies after a software fix due within weeks, they will be "among the safest planes ever to fly,'' he said. "We remain confident in the fundamental safety of the 737 Max,'' Muilenburg said in a video accepting blame for Boeing's role in two fatal Max 8 crashes in five months. Skittish travelers will likely need more convincing, presenting a major challenge to airlines including Southwest, American and United when the planes return to their flight schedules. Already, some are questioning Boeing's confidence in the plane. "737 Max is a super safe aircraft as long as it's on the ground,'' one Twitter user responded after Muilenburg posted a snippet of his video Thursday. Another said, "I won't ride in a plane that requires special … [Read more...] about Boeing 737 Max 8: Will skittish passengers return?
BOEING’S 737 Max 8 aircraft was thrust into the spotlight after an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed just six minutes after takeoff. It is the second time in less than six months that one of the planes plummeted to earth within minutes of taking off, after a new Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 flight went down over the Java Sea last October. What is a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft? It’s a passenger plane from the US manufacturer. There are approximately 350 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in operation worldwide, being flown by 54 operators. The UK banned all 737 Max aircraft from its airspace, not just max 8s, and the EU followed suit, banning all flights into, within or out of the zone on the Boeing Max aircraft. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued orders on March 14 for all the planes to be grounded. Passengers across the globe were hit by airport delays and travel chaos after all Boeing 737 Max planes were grounded following the deadly Ethiopia plane crash. American and … [Read more...] about What’s a Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane, when was the Ethiopia crash and who were the victims?
Nathan Bomey USA TODAY Published 3:52 PM EDT Apr 5, 2019 An acknowledgment by Boeing's CEO that a new maneuvering system in the company's 737-Max airplanes contributed to two fatal crashes could leave Boeing exposed to billions of dollars in legal liabilities, experts say. Still, CEO Dennis Muilenburg's statement may be an effort to show that Boeing remains in control of the situation, protecting its reputation and minimizing future losses by ensuring airlines, flyers and investors keep faith in the company. Muilenburg on Thursday apologized and said that a preliminary report blames a system embedded in the planes for playing a role in the crashes of Lion Air Flight 610 on Oct. 29 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on March 10. He said an initial report makes it "apparent that in both flights" a maneuvering system "activated in response to erroneous angle of attack information." The crashes killed nearly 350 people and triggered the … [Read more...] about Boeing 737 Max: CEO apologizes for crashes, company faces liabilities
WORRIED passengers fear they are flying on grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 jets due to a safety card mix-up. Dozens of travellers have taken to Twitter to ask airlines why they are flying on the doomed jet behind the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people. The Max 8 has been grounded worldwide following the horror - the second crash to take place on one of the planes after a Lion Air flight went down under similar circumstances in October. Passengers were stunned today after seeing the safety card on a Norwegian Air flight as they left London Gatwick for Malaga. One traveller took a photo of the card, which clearly displays the name of the Max 8 alongside details for the 737-800 jet. The airline, which was forced to ground 18 of Boeing’s 737 Max 8 model after the Ethiopia Airlines crash a month ago, said: "The Boeing 737-800 is not affected by the global grounding by aviation authorities of the 737 MAX aircraft. "Our safety cards on board display the two model variants since … [Read more...] about Safety card mix-up leaves passengers thinking they are flying on Boeing 737 Max jets grounded after deadly crashes