Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Kelowna flights impacted by grounding of Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes

Kelowna flights impacted by grounding of Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes

The black boxes from the Boeing 737 MAX 8 that crashed on Sunday in Ethiopia have been sent to France for analysis, Ethiopian Airlines said on Thursday.

The French air accident investigation authority, known by its acronym BEA, said Thursday that it will handle the analysis of the flight recorders, often referred to as a plane's black boxes.

Trump told reporters the "safety of the American people and all peoples is our paramount concern".

Ethiopian Airlines, Africa's largest carrier, sent the boxes to France because it does not have the equipment to analyse the data.

Key congressmen say they will investigate why the FAA approved the Max without requiring more training for pilots.

"If someone is anxious about it, they should absolutely contact their airline", she said.

Norwegian Air has said it will seek compensation from Boeing for costs and lost revenue after grounding its 737 Max fleet.

Flights won't resume until the planes receive updated flight control software that Boeing (BA.N) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration are racing to finalize, Pete DeFazio, the Oregon Democrat who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Missouri Republican Sam Graves, that panel's ranking member, said after a briefing by FAA officials on Thursday. Boeing spokesman Chaz Bickers said: "We continue to build 737 MAX airplanes while assessing how the situation, including potential capacity constraints, will impact our production system".

The company continues its efforts "to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again", he said in a statement.

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Investigators are focusing on whether the plane's automatic anti-stall system malfunctioned, forcing the plane's nose down when there was no danger of a stall.

Experts probing the Indonesian disaster said information from the flight data recorder showed the plane's automatic safety system repeatedly pushed it downward despite the pilots' desperate attempts to maintain control. Aviation experts say other technical issues or human error can not be discounted.

And the BEA said yes. That created concern that the plane might be slightly more prone to an aerodynamic stall if not flown properly, so Boeing developed software to prevent that.

"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".

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