Some KCI flights reassigned after Boeing planes grounded

15 March, 2019, 07:08 | Author: Mary Valdez
  • Boeing Has Grounded All Boeing 737 Max Planes Worldwide Over Safety Fears

The Boeing 737 Max 8 was involved in a fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash this past weekend, which killed all 157 people on board.

This was a second deadly incident involving the relatively new Boeing model in five months.

The largest operator of 737 Max 8s in the US, Southwest Airlines, is offering passengers scheduled to fly on one of the Boeing planes the chance to change their bookings.

Officials at Lion Air have said sensors on their plane produced erroneous information on its last four flights, triggering an automatic nose-down command that the pilots were unable to overcome on its final voyage.

"Rosaviatsia has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) stating that the flights of this type of aircraft [Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 - TASS] in Russian airspace are banned until further notice", he said.

Lion Air has not yet decided whether to cancel the order for 737 MAX, Putut said.

"An Ethiopian delegation led by Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has flown the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) to Paris, France for investigation", the airline said in a statement on Thursday.

"It seems like the worst is over for Boeing, and the fact that the USA fleet is grounded means they have time to come up with for a fix for this", Mr. Ghriskey said.

The airline had to assign new planes to those flights after the grounding was ordered on those jets Wednesday. The airline, which has 34 of the 72 US -based Max planes that were in operation, cancelled 39 flights Thursday due to the grounding.

Ethiopian investigators likely avoided sending the data to the US because the FAA certified the airworthiness of the Max and has a relationship with manufacturer Boeing, said Goelz, who is now an aviation consultant. We are working closely with our airline partners to determine the impacts at YLW. Its stock is down about 11 percent since the crash, wiping more than $26 billion off its market value.

Boeing chief Dennis Muilenburg said he supported the U.S. decision "out of an abundance of caution" but had "full confidence" in the safety of the plane.

Though it maintains the planes are safe, Boeing has supported the FAA move.

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The Federal Aviation Administration said a review had showed "no systemic performance issues" and that there was no basis for grounding the aircraft.

On Wednesday, both Canada and the USA. announced the aircraft would be temporarily grounded in North America, citing concerns stemming from a deadly plane crash in Ethiopia on Sunday that killed 157 people, including 18 Canadians.

Since the jets were grounded, North American carriers have been wrestling with customer calls and flight cancellations.

It was unclear if United States transport authorities review the database or investigate the incidents.

Yesterday the FAA said 737 Max airliners would not be allowed to fly until new software had been "tested, approved and installed", a process likely to last until May, according to USA politicians briefed on the situation.

The MCAS, which stands for Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System, is created to prevent the plane stalling when making steep turns under manual control.

In addition to Lion Air's alleged split from Boeing, several other companies are reconsidering their own ties with the American company.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said Sunday the flight's captain Yared Mulugeta Getachew, 29, was an experienced aviator with more than 8,000 flight hours.

Moody's rating agency said the fallout from the crash would not immediately affect Boeing's credit rating.

"The fact the system was fighting the pilot was not an unintended effect", because it should counteract a pilot error and correcting this is "challenging".

Flight ET 302, heading to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, crashed about 50km outside the Ethiopian capital six minutes after taking off.

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