UAE to validate any Boeing MAX fix before lifting airspace ban

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Ethiopian authorities will deliver their first report on the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. local time (0730 GMT), a source told Reuters. It was the second recent fatal crash of a 737 MAX.

The crew of the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed last month killing 157 people, repeatedly followed procedures recommended by Boeing, but were unable to regain control of the jet, according to the investigators' report released on April 4.

The report was based on data from the recorders of the Boeing 737 Max 8.

They had also not identified any structural design problem with the aircraft, the news service said.

"It's our responsibility to eliminate this risk", he said.

A third person familiar with the findings confirmed the software had fired up again after pilots had initially switched it off, but said there was only one significant episode in which the plane pointed itself lower in the moments before the crash.

"All of us feel the enormous gravity of these events across our company and recognize the devastation of the families and friends of the loved ones who perished", he said.

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It's not yet known if the two crashes are linked, but suspicion has grown over MCAS, and sparked USA investigations into the certification process at Boeing. Muilenberg promised that when the 737 MAX is cleared to fly again, it will be one of the safest aircraft ever built.

Wicker wrote that "such potential lack of training and certification" of FAA inspectors "may have led to an improper evaluation" of the computerized stabilization system that has come under scrutiny following the October Lion Air crash.

In Boeing's statement, the company did not indicate when the update will be released but said that it "adds additional layers of protection and will prevent erroneous data from causing MCAS activation".

The MCAS system is meant to compensate for thisby overriding the pilot and forcing the plane's nose down, if data from an "angle of attack" (AOA) - sensor indicates the jet's nose is too high.

But in a clear indication of where Ethiopian investigators are directing the attention of regulators, they cleared the pilots of using incorrect procedures and issued two safety recommendations focussed on the recently introduced aircraft. Boeing's procedures instruct pilots to leave the MCAS disconnected and continue flying manually for the rest of the flight.

At a news conference, Ethiopia's Minister of Transport Dagmawit Moges said the Ethiopian Airlines crew "performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer but was not able to control the aircraft".

"There is no problem with them and we worked together and they advised us", he said. "This is causing us a great deal of pain". That will be addressed in the final report, she said.

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Meanwhile, the family of a 24-year-old American woman killed in the crash sued Boeing on Thursday.

"Blinded by its greed, Boeing haphazardly rushed the 737 MAX8 to market" and "actively concealed the nature of the automated system defects", the lawsuit filed on behalf of the family of Samya Stumo alleged.

Stumo, originally from MA, is the niece of consumer activist Ralph Nader.

The disaster was the second such crash of a Max 8 jet in less than six months, and raised fears about the model's automated software, prompting the worldwide grounding of all similar planes now in service.

The review comes two days after the FAA and Boeing signalled that the planes may be grounded for longer than previously thought. "If we don't end the cozy relationship between the patsy FAA. and the Boeing Company, 5,000 of these fatally flawed planes will be in the air all over the world with millions of passengers". She added that an worldwide team investigating the crash includes the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration in the U.S., France's BEA and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency. Air travelers have been forced to reschedule canceled flights and airlines are losing money while their new planes remain parked on the ground until further notice.

The FAA, which must certify the 737 Max is safe before it can go back into the air, said in a statement that the investigation is still in its early stages.

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