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March 18, 2019-The U.S. FAA grounded Boeing 737 MAX variants on Wednesday after saying regulators had evidence that the movements of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 were similar to Lion Air Flight 610, which killed all on board last fall. Boeing will need to finish updating the avionics software before the FAA will consider "un-grounding" the passenger jets.
On Sunday, Boeing President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg issued a statement on the ongoing investigation into Flight 302.
"Boeing continues to support the investigation, and is working with the authorities to evaluate new information as it becomes available. Safety is our highest priority as we design, build and support our airplanes," Muilenburg said on March 17. "As part of our standard practice following any accident, we examine our aircraft design and operation, and when appropriate, institute product updates to further improve safety. While investigators continue to work to establish definitive conclusions, Boeing is finalizing its development of a previously-announced software update and pilot training revision that will address the MCAS flight control law's behavior in response to erroneous sensor inputs. We also continue to provide technical assistance at the request of and under the direction of the National Transportation Safety Board, the U.S. Accredited Representative working with Ethiopian investigators."
Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
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