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KQ to purchase troubled Boeing 737-800 Max

Such a malfunction is believed to have been at play in the Lion Air crash after a sensor was poorly maintained.

Pilots had less than 40 seconds to correct a fault with Boeing's automated system that investigators suspect caused the two disastrous plane crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, according to tests.

The FAA grounding, announced two weeks ago, allows so-called ferry flights with no passengers.

Indonesian airline Garuda has asked to cancel orders for 49 MAX aircraft, citing passenger concerns about the plane, although analysts said the deal was already in question before the Ethiopian crash. The pilots will also be able to override the automatic inputs with the control column.

The system has been criticised since it can malfunction and make it hard for pilots to control the aircraft.

The pilots underwent a crisis simulation test to recreate the final moments of Lion Air Flight 610, which nosedived into the Java Sea shortly after take-off in October 2018.

Sinnett said it will take only about an hour to install the updates and they can begin as soon as regulators authorize the changes, which were developed "after months of testing and hundreds of hours". "The 737 family is a safe airplane family".

Scovel confirms the inspector general's office is probing the 737 MAX certification in response to multiple requests, and Sumwalt's testimony says the NTSB is reviewing "the United States design certification process to ensure any deficiencies are captured and addressed".

The planemaker has also issued an upgrade to the software that has been linked to the crashes.

Boeing to Brief Pilots, Regulators as it Eyes 737 MAX Return
Boeing is preparing to release a software update and revised training guidelines that are aimed at addressing the MCAS issue. The new system is created to push the plane's nose down for no longer than 10 seconds in the event of a detected stall.

Other airlines have expressed confidence in Boeing, but the company is working to rebuild trust among customers, pilots and travelers that its planes are safe.

Investigations are ongoing, but a preliminary report on an Ethiopian Airlines crash will very likely be released this week, the country's transport ministry said on Tuesday.

"We hear that Boeing is going to make some software changes and display changes as well as to make the angle of attack a basic system", said Captain Yohannes Hailemariam, Vice President of Flight Operations at Ethiopian Airlines.

The accidents, which shared similarities, led authorities across the world to ground the aircraft.

Boeing said the changes will include protection against faulty readings by sensors.

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The Allied Pilots Association, which represents American Airlines Group Inc pilots, warned the certification process should not be rushed, and the fix should take into account any further information from an investigation into an Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10.

"We hope that between now and the time when we are ready to acquire the new fleet, Boeing will have solved the current problem", KQ Chairman Michael Joseph told Nation. Cruz said his goal is to find out what caused the crashes and determine how future crashes can be prevented. MCAS is just one independent link in the chain. That makes it more expensive.

"As tragic as this is - and these two accidents are terribly tragic, and we understand the gravity of that - we do learn from it", Boeing said.

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