Some KCI flights reassigned after Boeing planes grounded

Frederick Owens
March 15, 2019

It may take several days to complete the first analysis of the flight data and cockpit voice recorders, a spokesman for France's bureau of civil aviation safety (BEA) said.

Caribbean Airlines has moved to further address concerns about the planned use of the Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft.

Garuda Indonesia's chief executive said there is a "possibility" the airline will cancel its orders of Boeing Co's 737 MAXs, with the final decision depending on what the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does.

Flights won't resume until the planes receive updated flight control software that Boeing (BA.N) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration are racing to finalize, Pete DeFazio, the Oregon Democrat who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Missouri Republican Sam Graves, that panel's ranking member, said after a briefing by FAA officials on Thursday.

The BEA notably helps with investigations in countries without the resources or equipment to analyse the flight recorders, often called the black boxes.

The airline said "if the Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft fails to meet any of the very stringent requirements, it will not be added to the fleet".

A Lion Air flight on a 737 Max 8 crashed in October in Indonesia, taking the lives of its 189 passengers and crew.

Southwest and American each said on Thursday they were flying empty MAX aircraft to be parked at different maintenance locations during the ban.

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This means while Boeing will keep building its newest flagship product, it will put deliveries on hold until new software is installed, tests are carried out and the investigation into the Ethiopian crash provides some answers.

By the end of January, Boeing had delivered 350 of the Max 8 models.

Questions about the Lion Air crash have honed in on an automated stall prevention system, the MCAS, created to automatically point the plane's nose downwards if it is in danger of stalling.

The accounts of the recent crashes were echoed in concerns registered by United States pilots on how the MAX 8 behaves.

There is a back and forth regarding investigations to unravel the exact cause of the March 10 Ethiopian Airline crash in the town of Bishoftu in the Oromia region.

The delayed flight ET302 took off from Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa at 08:38 local time (05:38 GMT) and was bound for Kenyan capital Nairobi.

Many industry watchers had expected the airline to hand the black box over to the plane manufacturer, Boeing.

President Trump grounded all of Boeing's 737 Max aircraft in the U.S. Wednesday, after the crash involving one of the planes Sunday in Ethiopia, killing all 157 people on board.

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