Iran bans Boeing 737 MAX from airspace: civil aviation

Cheryl Sanders
March 17, 2019

Sources told CBS News investigators at the crash scene recovered the Boeing 737 Max's jackscrew, which helps raise or lower the nose.

The 737 Max has flight-control software that can automatically tilt the stabilizers if sensors detect that the plane is in danger of losing aerodynamic lift from the wings, which is necessary to stay aloft.

During that time, the pilot reported a flight control problem. An airline industry official told The Associated Press that Boeing has indicated it is more likely to be two to four weeks.

Boeing Co plans to release upgraded software for its 737 MAX in a week to 10 days, sources familiar with the matter said.

It could be a lengthy grounding for the 34 Southwest and 24 American Max 8s at Dallas Love Field Airport.

Trump and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed exchanged condolences Friday, Abiy said on Twitter, with the USA president praising Ethiopian Airlines as a "strong institution" and offering technical support.

The U.S. planemaker has been working on a software upgrade for an anti-stall system and pilot displays on its fastest-selling jetliner in the wake of the deadly Lion Air crash. "They didn't expect the Ethiopians to lose their jet while all this was going on", said Alan Diehl, a former investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board.

"All airlines in the world should be well aware of the problem", Krause said. Ethiopian Airlines says its pilots received special training on the software.

The plane measures 252 feet from nose to tail.

Experts say pilots typically ask to climb when experiencing problems near the ground in order to gain margin for maneuver and avoid any hard terrain.

Boeing already faces lawsuits over the Lion Air crash, and lawyers say the second crash strengthens their argument that Boeing knew the plane was defective and let it fly anyway. Meanwhile, the investigation into a cause is well underway. But airlines are scrambling to put passengers on other planes to prevent major disruption to air travel. The United States and many other countries have grounded the Max 8s as the US -based company faces the challenge of proving the jets are safe to fly amid suspicions that faulty sensors and software contributed to the two crashes that killed 346 people in less than six months.

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. All 189 people onboard were killed.

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