Off-duty pilot saved plane one day before deadly Lion Air crash

Boeing says finalizing software upgrade, revising pilot training for 737 Max

Boeing's 737 MAX planes have been grounded worldwide following two airplane crashes within six months, with China being one of the first countries to take the precaution.

Elwell told House Transportation Committee members that Boeing expects the software update to be finished by Monday, according to a person familiar with the briefing who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak on the timing publicly.

The Ethiopian Airlines crash has shaken the global aviation industry and cast a shadow over the flagship Boeing model meant to be a standard for decades to come, given parallels with the Lion Air calamity off Jakarta in October.

Based on interviews with current and former engineers involved in the evaluations, the newspaper said the safety analysis understated the power of the new flight control system and failed to account for how it might reset itself each time a pilot responded. "They didn't seem to know the trim was moving down", the source said.

But they did not pass on all of the information about the problems they encountered to the next crew, the report said.

The March 10 Ethiopian Airlines crash has shaken the global aviation industry and cast a shadow over the flagship Boeing model meant to be a standard for decades to come, given parallels with the Lion Air calamity off Jakarta in October.

The Lion Air Flight 610 then spent nine minutes pushing its nose down while in a stall.

"Safety is the top priority of the Department, and all of us are saddened by the fatalities resulting from the recent accidents involving two Boeing 737-MAX 8 aircraft in Indonesia and Ethiopia, the referral memo from Chao reads".

The twin disasters killed 346 people.

Canada said it would independently certify the 737 MAX in the future, rather than accepting FAA validation, and would conduct an "exhaustive review" of the automated flight control system in MAX aircraft, known as MCAS, which experts believe may have played a role in both crashes.

Critics have questioned the FAA's practice of using employees of aircraft manufacturers to handle some safety inspections.

An off-duty pilot riding in the cockpit of a Boeing 737 Max 8 fixed a malfunction during the second-to-the-last flight for the aircraft, before a different flight on the same plane crashed in the Java Sea the next day, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday evening.

Following the Lion Air crash, the FAA required Boeing to notify airlines about the system and Boeing sent a bulletin to all customers flying the Max reminding them how to disable it in an emergency.

The flight data recorder shows the final control column inputs from the first officer were weaker than the ones made earlier by the captain. Near the end, the captain asked the first officer to fly while he checked the manual for a solution.

Soerjanto Tjahjono, head of Indonesian investigation agency KNKT, said last week the report could be released in July or August as authorities attempted to speed up the inquiry in the wake of the Ethiopian crash. The company has declined to comment on the criminal probe.

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