Pilots confronted Boeing about 737 Max before second crash
18 May, 2019, 05:00
The 737 MAX 8 is now grounded worldwide after the March crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 that killed all 157 people onboard and drew scrutiny to the newBoeing model's anti-stall system, which investigators believe may have brought the jet down.
Boeing Co.'s 737 sales tally for this year dropped by 171 aircraft in April as the company adjusted its order book to reflect the financial woes of Jet Airways India Ltd., a major customer of the USA planemaker's Max models.
The 737 Max, Boeing's best-selling aircraft, was grounded on March 13 after it became clear that an Ethiopian Airlines crash three days earlier had similar underlying causes to a Lion Air crash on October 29 near Jakarta.
During a two-hour hearing, lawmakers pressed Elwell on the FAA's reliance on designated Boeing employees during the planes' certification process and why the agency didn't ground the planes sooner.
"I certainly wouldn't characterize it as rushed", Elwell said. They operate 53 of the 96 Max planes now grounded in the country, according to data from VariFlight, a local aviation statistics company.
"I, at the beginning when I first heard of this, thought that the MCAS should have been more adequately explained in the ops manual and the flight manual, absolutely", Elwell said.
"The meeting will provide a forum for airlines to exchange information about the experiences and challenges that they face as a result of the grounding and in their preparation for the reintroduction of the aircraft into operations, " IATA said.
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Following the Lion Air crash, Boeing had issued additional instructions to pilots in case they faced a malfunction of the MCAS.
Boeing is now reducing the power of MCAS to tilt the plane down and linking the system to two sensors instead of one.
Elwell said the USA body acted only after "data" showed a connected between the October Lion Air crash and the March Ethiopian Airlines crashes. He said that "none of those reports were related to the MCAS" - the flight-control system cited as a cause in the two fatal crashes.
"These guys didn't even know the damn system was on the airplane, nor did anybody else", said Mike Michaelis, head of safety for the pilot's union.
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio said Thursday (NZT) during a hearing that he hoped the aircraft manufacturer begins complying with requests for data on the plane's design soon as lawmakers grilled U.S. aviation regulators on the jetliner.
Asked by Rep. Sharice Davids, a Democrat from Kansas, whether the FAA moved too quickly to certify the plane for flight, Elwell outlined the five-year process that ended in 2017, including almost 300 test flights, and said it wasn't out of the ordinary.
Congressional investigations into the FAA's relationship with Boeing are in the early stages.
LEWIS: Daniel Elwell as the FAA's acting administrator.
Committee leaders said they still expect to call Boeing to testify at a future hearing but expressed some frustration they have not yet received any documents from Boeing as they probe what went wrong with the 737 MAX.
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