Published: Sat, May 18, 2019

SilkAir to proceed with order for Boeing 737 MAX planes

SilkAir to proceed with order for Boeing 737 MAX planes

It's premature to specify what reimbursement Southwest will consider seeking from Boeing because of the grounding, Kelly said. The pilots should have responded by turning off the motors to the part of the airplane that was forcing it downward, but they did not, Elwell said. The two tragedies killed 346 people.

In crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, an automated system called MCAS mistakenly turned the noses of the planes down in response to faulty readings from a single sensor.

On Thursday (US time), aircraft manufacturer Boeing announced it has fixed a software glitch which may have caused the crashes. "We are looking into that and we will make sure that software anomalies are reported more quickly". After review, company experts concluded "the existing functionality was acceptable until the alert and the indicator could be delinked in the next planned display system software update".

The update was still not done when the Ethiopian crash occurred more than three months later.

"We're making clear and steady progress and are confident that the 737 Max with updated MCAS software will be one of the safest airplanes ever to fly", chairman and chief executive Dennis Muilenburg said in a statement.

According to an audio recording of the meeting that was provided by the Allied Pilots Association (APA), the airline's pilot union, when the American pilots pressed Sinnett for faster action, he laid out a six-week timeline to develop the fix, followed by a 90-day period for the FAA to review and mandate its implementation.

Boeing representatives were not invited to Wednesday's hearing. But two fatal crashes and a few reports later suggest otherwise.

Nadia Milleron, whose daughter, Samya Stumo, was on the Ethiopian Airlines plane, was in the audience.

While how the FAA moves largely out of Boeing's control, Seifman points out that the company is using the lower production (42/month) of the Max "to bring the supply chain up to rate (52/month, in most cases) and move past the production challenges it has encountered in 2018 and early 2019".

"It is possible that these planes should never go back in the air", she said. "There could be things going on behind the scenes that could essentially turn into orders".

Some of the losses stemmed from overhauling the fleet of its regional wing SilkAir, which is changing from Airbus to Boeing aircraft, as well as restructuring costs.

Dickson promised that if he is confirmed by the full Senate, he would not hesitate to take enforcement action against companies and FAA would not be captive to the industry it regulates.

USA aviation has an enviable safety record over the past decade, Dickson said, but the industry is only as good as the last takeoff or landing.

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