Pilots and test crew members from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing are slated to begin a three-day certification test campaign for the 737 Max on Monday, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The FAA confirmed to U.S. lawmakers on Sunday that an agency board had completed a review of Boeing’s safety system assessment for the 737 Max.
A U.S. fighter jet crashed during a training mission off the coast of England on Monday, killing the pilot whose body was found after a search operation, officials said. The F-15C Eagle crashed into the North Sea after taking off from RAF Lakenheath, the largest U.S. Air Force-operated base in England, around 70 miles northeast of London. The cause of the crash remains unknown.
The families of victims shot down with Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have set white chairs outside the Russian embassy in protest over what they claim is Moscow’s lack of co-operation in the investigation. The protest came on the eve of a trial in the Netherlands of four men – three Russians and a Ukrainian – accused of murder for their alleged involvement. MH17 was downed by a Buk missile fired from territory held by pro-Russia separatist rebels in 2014.
Three people were killed and 179 were injured when a plane skidded off an airport runway in Istanbul and split into three pieces. The Turkish health minister said one person was dead at the Sabiha Gokcen airport. The Pegasus Airlines flight, carrying 177 passengers and six crew members, had just arrived from the city of Izmir when it overshot the runway, according to Turkey’s NTV television.
Boeing on Thursday released hundreds of emails and communications that appear to show employees criticizing the company’s troubled 737 Max jet, which were grounded after two crashes killed 346 people. In a February 2018 message, one employee says that training programs shouldn’t be taken with a grain of salt, and says: “Would you put your family on a MAX simulator trained aircraft? I wouldn’t.”
The crew of the Ukrainian plane which crashed near Tehran did not make a radio call for help and were trying to turn back when it came down, investigators in Iran have said. The crash caused a massive explosion when the plane hit the ground, likely because the aircraft had been fully loaded with fuel for the flight to the Ukrainian capital Kiev.
A Ukrainian airliner crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran early on Wednesday, bursting into flames and killing all 176 people on board. Debris and smoldering engine parts from the Boeing 737, which carrier Ukraine International Airlines said was last serviced two days ago. Among the victims were 82 from Iran, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, three Germans and three Britons, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said.
A passenger plane carrying nearly 100 people crashed soon after take-off near the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan on Friday, slamming into a house in an accident that killed 12 people and injured dozens. The Fokker 100 aircraft, operated by Bek Air, got into trouble shortly after departing from Almaty, the Central Asian country’s commercial center, on a pre-dawn flight to the capital Nur-Sultan.
Boeing ousted CEO Dennis Muilenburg on Monday with no end in sight to the crisis that has engulfed the vaunted American aircraft manufacturer since the crash of two of its 737 Max airliners. The Boeing board had supported Muilenburg for months despite calls for his resignation from lawmakers and relatives of the passengers killed. Boeing said it decided it needed new leadership to regain the confidence of regulators.
Boeing is planning to suspend production of its beleaguered 737 Max planes next month, the company said Monday, a drastic step after the Federal Aviation Administration said its review of the planes would continue into next year. Just how long Boeing will keep its 737 Max production line halted was not immediately clear, because it will depend on when regulators clear the plane to fly again.