French Aviation Watchdog Sends Boeing 737 MAX Crash Data to Ethiopian Officials

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed soon after take-off from Addis Ababa last weekend

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed soon after take-off from Addis Ababa last weekend

The investigations into both 737 Max crashes are underway, and expected to focus on the automated controls.

Regulators have grounded the 737 MAX around the world, and the US planemaker has halted deliveries of the several thousand on order for a model meant to be the future industry workhorse.

The Ethiopian Airlines pilots reported similar difficulties before their aircraft plunged to the ground.

Boeing Co. suspended deliveries of the 737 Max planes and has not said when it will be able to address regulators' concerns with the planes. Other airlines have moved the Max 8s to a handful of airports around the country.

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.

Reuters was not able to reach Tewolde for comment. An airline industry official told The Associated Press that Boeing has indicated it is more likely to be two to four weeks. USA pilot unions said their pilots were aware of the software issue and knew how to overcome it.

"We are waiting for the results".

Boeing executives and technical experts briefed pilots at USA airlines that fly the Max in November about the plane, less than a month after the Lion Air crash.

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The civil aviation safety agency noted that the work on the flight data recorder would resume the following day.

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

Engineers had to find out what the system was doing on the Lion Air flight, how the system's commands appeared to pilots, what changes needed to be made to software, manuals and training, and the best way to make those changes. However, it was the same voice throughout, the source said.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stands behind the process which relies heavily on Boeing.

The crew can't do anything about it, and in the simulator; Aimer could not control the plane.

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. "Maybe one minute passed before the blinking dot on the radar disappeared".

In Ethiopia, relatives have been visiting the charred and debris-strewn field to pay last respects. "We are very emotional". Elsewhere, a potential new Chinese order for more than 100 jets worth well over $10 billion was put in doubt. "It's just in the Ethiopian case, it occurred right after takeoff and continued", said Jeff Guzzetti, former National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator.

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