Monday, 21 October, 2019

United Airlines cancels Boeing 737 Max jets flights until Jan

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Patty Aguilar | 11 October, 2019, 23:08

The FAA, which oversees plane safety in the USA, commissioned the review in April after Boeing 737 Max disasters in Ethiopia and Indonesia, which killed 346 people.

Those are the findings of a multiagency task force due to release its findings Friday, according to a report in The New York Times.

"We have cooperated fully with the FAA's independent review of the Max aircraft, and we won't put our customers and employees on that plane until regulators make their own independent assessment that it is safe to do so", the company said in a statement.

One of the report's main themes is said to highlight the FAA's over fixation on the specifics of the new system, rather than investigating and understanding its overall impact on the plane.

An investigation conducted by the New York Times found that such tweaks made MCAS more influential and more temperamental, with key FAA officials unaware of the changes.

In the 737 MAX, the FAA initially delegated 40% of the certification tasks and boosted that figure as the five-year review progressed, including the review of MCAS.

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The panel said the FAA delegated too much oversight to Boeing, while the planemaker had provided confusing information about the system, which has been linked to two deadly crashes. If the AOA sensors differ by 5.5 degrees or more then MCAS can not operate, FAA Deputy Administrator Dan Elwell said last month.

United Airlines has the 737 Max removed from its flight schedule until December 19, 2019, while Southwest Airlines has it removed until January 5, 2020, according to the Washington Post.

Interested in Boeing? Add Boeing as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Boeing news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Additionally, the report found evidence of "undue pressure" on employees, possibly "attributed to conflicting priorities and an environment that does not support FAA requirements".

"Boeing is committed to working with the FAA in reviewing the recommendations and helping to continuously improve the process and approach used to validate and certify airplanes going forward", the company said in a statement.

The aviation panel report also said the FAA must ensure manufacturers "provide a full list of all aircraft proposed changes (no matter how trivial)". European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) officials told senior USA counterparts that one element of the fixes, having two flight control computers operate simultaneously, goes against decades of prior design and has not been adequately tested, the news agency wrote.

The JATR, which was commissioned in April by the FAA, is headed by Christopher Hart, former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

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