Published: Tue, March 19, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Software upgrade for grounded Max jets weeks away - Boeing

Software upgrade for grounded Max jets weeks away - Boeing

"The black box has been found in a good condition that enabled us to extract nearly all the data inside", she told reporters on Sunday evening.

The action was taken after aviation authorities across the globe grounded the aircraft in the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines crash March 10 that killed 157 aboard the plane, including 18 Canadians.

The black box of the Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 737 Max that crashed on March 17 has been recovered and initial findings pointed to many similarities to Lion Air's crashed plane in Indonesia that happened in October past year.

Experts say it stops the aircraft from pointing upwards at too high an angle, something that could cause the plane to lose its lift.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is investigating the Federal Aviation Administration's approval of Boeing Co's 737 MAX jetliners, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the probe.

50 countries, including Canada, New Zealand, China, Singapore, Malaysia, France, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the European Union have since pulled the planes for investigation.

Early data from the black box of the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed killing all 157 people on board shows "clear similarities" with a Lion Air crash in October, the Ethiopian Transport Ministry said on Sunday.

Boeing is facing scrutiny over the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), a software program that was created to help its new planes avoid stalling in mid-air.

Questions have honed in on an automated anti-stalling system introduced on the 737 MAX 8, created to automatically point the nose of the plane downward if it is in danger of stalling.

At the memorial service earlier in the day, some of the relatives who marched behind the flag-draped coffins were overcome with grief and fainted.

"The soil came as it became impossible to identify bodies and hand over remains to family members", a family member said.

Families of the victims were offered charred earth from the crash site to bury.

The person said that under the victim´s Jewish faith, no funeral could be held until his remains were returned, and the six-month delay was stressing the victim´s family. "He was the pillar for his whole family", Mr Bilew said. Shortly after their takeoffs, both pilots reported flight control problems and tried to return to the airports but crashed.

Boeing chief Dennis Muilenburg said later on Sunday that the company was in the process of finalizing an update to its flight control software on the 737 MAX models.

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