Boeing recently disclosed that it has successfully completed the software update to its 737 Max airplanes. Reportedly, this update was intended to correct the software issues that led to Air Ethiopia and the Lion Air crashes. In these crashes, in total, about 346 individuals were killed. The latest update was expected in April 2019. However, Boeing required additional time to guarantee that it had “spotted and properly addressed” the issues that triggered those crashes.
In March 2019, the FAA approved the updates tentatively. However, the software still requires undergoing FAA testing to get its certification. At present, Boeing is offering the FAA with additional data, which includes details on the way pilots interact with the airplane displays and controls in diverse flight scenarios. In a statement, Dennis Muilenburg, CEO, Boeing, said that the firm is committed to offering the FAA and worldwide regulators all the required data.
On a similar note, the FAA came into the news as its chief recently expressed concern. Daniel Elwell, Acting Administrator, FAA, stated, the agency took a period of more than one year to know that Boeing revealed it had a thorny cockpit warning alert in its 737 Max jetliners. The non-working cockpit warning lights are one of the important issues being studied in the probes of two Max 8 crashes, which were responsible for the death of everyone on board.
Elwell said that even if the agency had reviewed the data sooner, it deemed the warning indicator not to be vital to flight safety. In fact, he proclaimed that he didn’t believe the indicator would have saved any of the two 737 Max jetliners, which crashed months apart, from destruction. While assuring the aviation subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Elwell proclaimed that the 737 Max, which was grounded globally after the accidents, will not fly again until it is safe.