Caspian Grounds Boeing 737 MAX 8 After 2nd Plane Crash

Caspian Grounds Boeing 737 MAX 8 After 2nd Plane Crash

The company revealed that it began working on the upgrade after another 737 Max jet operated by Lion Air crashed last October, killing all 189 passengers and crew members that were onboard.

Retired airline Capt. Ross Aimer flew a flight simulator like the Boeing 737 Max 8 that crashed, killing everyone on board.

Investigators looking into the Indonesian crash are examining whether the software automatically pushed the plane's nose down repeatedly, and whether the Lion Air pilots knew how to solve that problem by throwing toggle switches and canceling the automated nose-down commands. Was it due to a glitch in the aircraft's operational system? "I would like to emphasize his record and that he was a rising star at Ethiopian Airlines".

Canada's biggest carrier Air Canada suspended its 2019 financial forecasts, while United Airlines, the No. 3 US carrier, said it would see an adverse effect on its operations if the jets remained grounded heading into the peak summer travel season.

Boeing, in its turn, said on Wednesday that it had "full confidence" in the safety of its 737 MAX aircraft but supported the decision to temporarily ground the entire fleet of 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9 series planes after the crash.

Flyadeal ordered 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8s last December with purchasing options for 20 more in a deal Boeing said was worth $5.9 billion at list prices.

"We did ferry our MAX aircraft to our Maintenance Bases which does include MCO", said a statement from Southwest Airlines. "There is clear similarity between our crash and the Lion Air crash". An airline industry official told The Associated Press that Boeing has indicated it is more likely to be two to four weeks.

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Ethiopian Airlines says its pilots received special training on how to deal with the Max's anti-stall software. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board sent three investigators to help French authorities. They mentioned changes in the flight-control software, indicating that Boeing was already at work on a solution.

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke by telephone on Friday with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed about the crash, according to the White House.

The jet initially flew below the minimum safe height for its climb, then once at higher altitude was oscillating up and down by hundreds of feet, all at abnormally fast speed, the Times said.

The model is relatively new - only 371 such planes were flying - but another almost 5,000 are on order, meaning the financial implications are huge.

"Abiy Ahmed & [Trump] in a phone call today shared their condolences to the people of both countries for the loss of lives in the fatal Flight 302", which crashed on Sunday minutes into its flight to Nairobi, Mr Ahmed said on Twitter.

Helane Becker, an airlines analyst with the Cowen Research financial services company said if the planes are grounded for a long time, ticket prices could rise because there will be fewer seats for sale if demand remains steady.

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