A U.S. Senate panel plans a hearing on March 27 on aviation safety after two fatal Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft crashes since October, and said it will also schedule a future hearing with Boeing and other manufacturers, officials said on Wednesday. Federal prosecutors are investigating the FAA’s certification of the Boeing 737 MAX that was grounded last week by regulators around the world. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who piloted a flight to land safely on the Hudson River in New York in 2009, said in an op-ed Tuesday the FAA has a “too cozy” relationship with industry.
Black box data from the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed a week ago, killing all 157 people aboard, shows a “clear similarity” to the Lion Air disaster five months ago, an official said Sunday. Both of the jets were Boeing 737 MAX 8s. Satellite-based tracking data has shown that both flights had similar erratic movements, which could indicate the pilots struggled to control their aircraft, the US Federal Aviation Administration said.
The captain of a doomed Ethiopian Airlines jetliner faced an emergency almost immediately after takeoff from Addis Ababa, requesting permission in a panicky voice to return after three minutes as the aircraft accelerated to abnormal speed, a person who reviewed air traffic communications said Thursday. Regulatory authorities in the United States and Canada say similar patterns in the trajectories of both planes may point to a common cause for the two crashes. But they cautioned that no explanation had been ruled out yet, and said the planes might have crashed for different reasons.
President Trump announced Wednesday that the FAA is grounding all Boeing 737 Max planes “effective immediately,” following the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people, including eight Americans. All planes in the air at the time of the agency’s order were allowed to reach their destinations but prohibited from taking off again, the FAA said in a statement.
Several more countries have grounded the Boeing 737 MAX 8, joining much of the world, including the entire European Union, to take the action in the wake of the second deadly crash of the model – leaving the US as one of the few holdouts. Despite the growing number of countries to ban the use of the MAX 8 and other models in the Boeing line, the US Federal Aviation Administration — long considered the world’s gold standard for aircraft safety – continues to back the jet’s airworthiness.
Boeing Co confirmed late on Monday it will deploy a software upgrade to the 737 MAX 8, a few hours after the Federal Aviation Administration said it would mandate “design changes” in the aircraft by April. Boeing did not reference Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash in connection to the software upgrade. The company said in the aftermath of October’s Lion Air Flight crash it has for several months “been developing a flight control software enhancement for the 737 MAX, designed to make an already safe aircraft even safer.”
A body found inside the wreckage of the plane carrying Premier league footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson has been recovered. It is not yet publicly known whether it is the pilot or the footballer, whose body has been found, but it is understood that the families of both men have been told. At around 8:15pm on 21 January, just an hour into the journey, Mr Ibbotson asked air traffic control to reduce altitude from 5,000 ft to 2,300 feet. A short time later, the aircraft disappeared from radar screens.
Emergency crews in Iran responded Monday to a cargo plane crash at an airport about 25 miles west of Tehran that killed all but one of the 16-person crew, reports out of the country said. The crew aboard the Boeing 707– which was hauling meat from Kyrgyzstan– declared an emergency and attempted an unscheduled landing at Fath Airport, which belongs to Iran’s famed paramilitary Revolutionary guard, reports said.
Five US Marines remain missing after a refueling plane and fighter jet crashed off Japan’s southwestern coast after a midair collision on Thursday. Two Marines have been rescued and at least one is in stable condition. The Marines Corps has described the crash as a ‘mishap.’ The planes were ‘conducting regularly scheduled training.’
Following the fatal October crash, Indonesian airline Lion Air is considering canceling all remaining orders for Boeing jets. Airline co-founder Rusdi Kirana believes the US aerospace company is attempting to deflect attention away from its recent design changes while blaming Lion Air for the crash. A Boeing spokesperson called Lion Air a ‘valued customer.’