Faulty MCAS system may be cause of Boeing 737 MAX crash

It also is a strong link to the Indonesian Lion Air MAX 8 that experienced similar problems when it crashed October 29, killing all 186 people aboard. Ethiopian officials were expected to release their preliminary report soon.

But a preliminary report is expected as early as next week and USA safety investigators have reviewed data from the "black boxes" that were aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, four people briefed on the investigation told Reuters. It alleges that Boeing had defectively designed the automated flight control system.

Boeing's bestselling craft has been grounded globally amid ongoing investigations and lawsuits. Such a malfunction is believed to have been at play in the Lion Air crash after a sensor was poorly maintained.

Officials from the two departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation began digging into a range of matters related to MCAS within weeks of the Lion Air loss, Bloomberg has reported.

"This should be a turning point for the aviation industry", he said.

Shares in large European carriers were also down by as much as 3.5%. If the planes would need to remain grounded throughout the busy summer season, Tui predicts the costs would rise up to €300m and annual profit would be 26% lower than a year ago. "Thousands who have travelled with the plane were lucky too".

Boeing this week issued changes to MCAS.

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Cockpit alerts to warn of potentially incorrect data from sensors will also be fitted as standard.

Ethiopian Federal policemen stand at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on March 11, 2019.

Anglo-German tour operator TUI became the latest Boeing 737 MAX operator to warn of a hit to its profits as the US planemaker moved to restore confidence in its best-selling model after two fatal crashes that have grounded the planes worldwide. But it still proposes that qualified 737 pilots would not need time on flight simulators to safely operate the aircraft. The aircraft involved in the accident was a brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8, delivered just four months earlier.

Boeing has taken a number of steps to improve safety for its new MAX airline models amid growing concerns after two planes crashed, killing all passengers on board.

The pilot tried repeatedly to regain control and pull the nose up, but the plane crashed into the ocean.

However, the published flight manual did not reference these "unusual" situations, according to a copy from American Airlines seen by Reuters, with tragic consequences and an overall death toll of 346 lives.

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