Ethiopian Airlines crash report expected this week: government

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The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it anticipates Boeing's final software improvements for 737 Max airliners "in the coming weeks".

Norwegian, which has 18 737 MAX 8 in its fleet and is scheduled to take delivery of dozens more in the coming months and years, said last month it would seek compensation from Boeing over the grounding. "Time is needed for additional work by Boeing as the result of an ongoing review of the 737 MAX Flight Control System to ensure that Boeing has identified and appropriately addressed all pertinent issues".

"The FAA will not approve the software for installation until the agency is satisfied with the submission", he added.

Ethiopia will release a preliminary report on Monday into the cause of an Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people last month and led to the worldwide grounding of U.S. planemaker Boeing's top-selling 737 MAX jet.

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This comes after the WSJ reported on Friday that the plane's anti-stall system, created to automatically correct the jet's direction if a sensor detects the aircraft is tilting up, had been activated before the Boeing 737 MAX 8 crash, which killed all 157 people on board.

Saudi Arabia's transport minister said on April 1 there were no immediate plans to allow Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to operate in the kingdom.

In Vietnam, Bamboo Airways agreed to buy as many as 26 narrow-body jets from Airbus SE, just a month after saying it was considering ordering as many as 25 Boeing 737 Max planes.

A source with knowledge of the investigation has said an anti-stalling system, the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), was activated shortly before the crash.

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In the Indonesia crash, initial investigations found problems with the MCAS system, when sensors of the plane's flight details sent wrong information. "Pitch up, pitch up!" one pilot said to the other minutes before the plane accelerated toward the ground and crashed, the newspaper reported.

Budget carrier flyadeal has said its waiting until investigations into the two crashes are completed before deciding if it proceeds with an order for 30 MAX jets.

After the second crash of a Boeing 737 MAX, the aircraft was grounded worldwide.

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