Boeing reveals further software problem in 737 MAX airplane

Samya Stumo's family — brother Adnaan Stumo, father Michael Stumo and mother Nadia Milleron — become emotional during a news conference Thursday

From almost the moment they roared down the runway and took off in their new Boeing jetliner, the pilots of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 encountered problems with the plane. After taking off, the plane's software erroneously believed the plane was in danger of stalling, and began to force the nose of the plane down.

The lawsuit alleges that decisions by Boeing leaders contributed to the crash and "demonstrate Boeing's conscious disregard for the lives of others", including designing an aircraft with a flight-control system that is "susceptible to catastrophic failure" in the event of a single defective sensor made by Rosemount Aerospace.

The MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System) is suspected of being responsible both for the Ethiopian Airlines crash and one of a 737 MAX operated by Indonesian airline Lion Air in October a year ago, in which all 189 passengers and crew were killed.

The funeral that was held for Ethiopian victims of the airline tragedy. "As part of this effort, we're making progress on the 737 MAX software update that will prevent accidents like these from ever happening again".

"Safety is our responsibility, and we own it".

The preliminary report revealed that the flight crew followed guidance provided by Boeing on how to fly the plane, including emergency procedures, but failed to regain control of the aircraft.

"You can't read the transcript and not put yourself in the cockpit", Tajer, of the Allied Pilots Association, said.

In a shocking move, regulators around the world grounded the 737 Max worldwide in the wake of the Ethiopian accident. Twenty seconds later it went off again, throwing the plane into a steep nose dive. Instead of climbing, the plane descended slightly. At that point, they were a mere 3,000 feet above the airport, so low that a new warning - a computerized voice saying "don't sink" - sounded in the cabin. The pilots fought to turn the nose of the plane up, and briefly they were able to resume climbing.

Boeing faces the prospect of substantial payouts to the families of passengers if it's found responsible for both the Ethiopian Air and Lion Air crashes. But data suggest they may have flicked the switches too gingerly.

Boeing later acknowledged that the system had malfunctioned and apologised.

All 157 people on board were killed during the incident shortly after take-off. The plane's impact left a crater 10 meters deep. The 737 MAX is built in Renton.

Ms Stumo is the niece of consumer activist Ralph Nader, who called for a boycott of the 737 MAX on Thursday. He added that the Ethiopian Airlines 302 preliminary report "was very thorough and well done". He had flown more than 1,400 hours on Boeing 737s but just 103 hours on the Max.

Every plane crash typically involves multiple contributors, and the detailed Ethiopian report chronicles many factors that occurred over a matter of minutes leading to the accident. He had logged just 361 flight hours - not enough to be hired as a pilot at a USA airline.

Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges said in a press conference Thursday that the pilots followed proper procedures issued after the October crash of a Lion Air jet.

"The FAA approved and/or certified Boeing's design for its new aircraft despite its substantial flaws because the FAA had negligently hired and/or trained its employees", the family alleged. "As we learn more about the accident and findings become available, we will take appropriate action", the USA agency said in a statement. "This is territory we are going to see more of", Hart said.

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