Published: Sun, March 17, 2019

Boeing To Update 737 MAX Software As Grounding Of Jets Drags On

Boeing To Update 737 MAX Software As Grounding Of Jets Drags On

Relatives of victims grieve on Thursday at the site where an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday near Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The BEA also said work resumed on the flight's data recorders.

Children gather in front of a memorial on Saturday, March 16, 2019, where an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed almost a week earlier near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The announcement comes in the wake of last week's Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 passengers and crew onboard. The causes of the accident are yet to be investigated.

Air Canada says it is suspending its financial guidance for 2019 after the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft involved in two deadly crashes in five months. The pilot of that plane reported control problems.

Concerns have been raised regarding apparent similarities with a Lion Air flight involving the same aircraft that crashed off the Indonesian coast in October.

Montreal-based Air Canada on Friday morning withdrew its outlook issued in February for the first quarter and full year of 2019 "in light of the current uncertainty" over the planes that carry as many as 12,000 of its customers a day.

"It has been obvious since the Lion Air crash that a redesign of the 737 MAX 8 has been urgently needed. and the announced proposed fixes do not go far enough".

"Overall, we view the interruptions from the 737 MAX grounding as a temporary, one-off issue", Spracklin wrote.

Jamaica and the United States (US) are among a growing number of countries that have banned the 737 Max 8 and 9 from flying in their air space.

Both planes flew with erratic altitude changes that could indicate the pilots struggled to control the aircraft.

Asked for details about the timeline for the fix, a Boeing spokesman Friday would only say it would be installed in "coming weeks".

However, Aimer said, after a certain point the Ethiopian Airlines plane's fate was sealed.

However, there have been reports from pilots that the system tip the aircraft's nose downwards within minutes of take-off, forcing them to step in to stop the plane from dropping.

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