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Boeing's fixes to 737 MAX software delayed by government shutdown, report claims

Pilots didn’t trust the Boeing Max 8 and now flyers are rejecting them Ethiopian Airlines black boxes to be sent overseas as investigation continues
Conrad Doyle | 14 March, 2019, 05:24

The world's biggest planemaker is facing its most serious crisis in years, as the decades-old 737 program, one of its most reliable sources of cash and profits, takes a severe blow to its prestige.

The last fleet-wide grounding by the FAA occurred on January 17, 2013, when it ordered a halt to revenue flights by Boeing's then-new model, the mostly composite 787, after a lithium-ion batteries on the plane overheated. It had grounded the 787 Dreamliner in 2013 because of problems with smoking batteries.

Shares in Boeing ticked higher to $377 each following the announcement.

The Company would be materially adversely affected in the event of a mechanical or regulatory issue associated with the Boeing 737 aircraft type, whether as a result of downtime for part or all of the Company's fleet, increased maintenance costs, or because of a negative perception by the flying public.

In one report, an airline captain said that immediately after putting the plane on autopilot, the co-pilot called out 'Descending, ' followed by an audio cockpit warning, 'Don't sink, don't sink!'

Air Canada said its 24 737 Max aircraft fly 9,000 to 12,000 passengers a day.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday afternoon that he has spoken with government and Boeing officials about the decision to issue and emergency order to ground the U.S. -made planes.

The grounding will remain in effect as the FAA investigates.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau speaks about the grounding of all Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes in Canada during a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday.

However, it said after consultation with the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board it had chose to ground the flights "out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft's safety".

After the Boeing 737 Max's deadly crash on Sunday-its second within six months-the European Union and several other countries grounded the model. Passengers have been spooked by the two disasters.

Two other carriers, Cayman Airways and GOL Airlines, also operate Max 8s out of Miami.

"We don't know why the Ethiopian aircraft behaved the way it did and we don't even know what happened precisely with it, and that's what we want to get to the bottom of", he said.

A growing number of aviation regulators are grounding Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, as investigators examine the wreckage of the doomed Ethiopian Airlines plane.

Aireon's space-based system can monitor data from aircraft equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) transponders.

During Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines flight, the plane nosedived minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa on an worldwide flight to Nairobi, Kenya, witnesses said.

The two black box flight recorders will be sent to Europe to be analysed, the airline said.

A almost brand-new Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff in Ethiopia Sunday, killing all 157 people on board.

Jay Shabat, a senior analyst at Skift Airline Weekly, said in an interview he expects business to return to normal at all three airlines relatively soon.

The chairman of the US House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Democrat Peter DeFazio, called for a probe into why the 737 MAX received certification to fly.

"There must be a rigorous investigation into why the aircraft, which has critical safety systems that did not exist on prior models, was certified without requiring additional pilot training", he said.

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