Update on Boeing 737s Grounded

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Were still grounded. Will this damage the America Economy? We are guessing it will definitely hit the Boeing, but is there the trust in Chinese products> With an even greater history of air shame, we don’t think so.  The anti-stall system that pilots battled before the crash of a Lion Air-operated Boeing 737 Max in October was also likely to have been activated before 157 people were killed this month on a flight of the same model leaving Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian Airlines chief executive has said.

The new feature of the 737 Max, the maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS), has been highlighted by an investigation into the previous crash, in which 189 people were killed when their plane went down in the Java Sea off Indonesia 12 minutes after takeoff.

Ethiopian’s boss, Tewolde GebreMariam, told the Wall Street Journal he believed MCAS was also “to the best of our knowledge” in play for the brief duration of flight 302 from Addis Ababa.

MCAS automatically forces the nose of the plane down to prevent stalling, and was introduced to compensate for the new position of engines on the 737 Max model. A preliminary report into the Lion Air crash has suggested the combination of incorrect sensor readings and MCAS contributed to the plane diving into the sea.

GebreMariam’s reported remarks are the first from a senior official close to the flight to confirm that MCAS was operating, although he said that only the investigation would provide conclusive evidence. The black boxes are in Paris being analysed by France’s air crash investigation bureau, the BEA.

According to a New York Times report, investigators at the crash site of the Ethiopian Airlines flight found evidence that suggests that the plane’s stabilizers were tilted upward. At that angle, the automatic stabilizers would have forced down the nose of the jet — a similarity with the Lion Air plane that crashed into the Java Sea 12 minutes after takeoff, killing all 189 passengers and crew.

Relatives of 157 victims of last Sunday’s Boeing 737 Max plane crash have bags of scorched earth to bury in place of their loved ones. Earth from the crash site is being made available for a planned service in Addis Ababa on Sunday, Reuters reports.

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