US regulator demands Boeing modify 737 MAX after Ethiopia crash
Addis Ababa, March 12, 2019 (FBC) – US regulators ordered Boeing to make urgent improvements to the best-selling jet involved in a deadly Ethiopia plane crash.
The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed minutes into a flight to Nairobi on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board and prompting airlines across the world to begin withdrawing the model from schedules.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it was working with local authorities and the National Transportation Safety Board and may soon share safety information concerning the aircraft.
“If we identify an issue that affects safety, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action,” it said in a statement.
The FAA said it was ordering Boeing to make improvements to anti-stalling software and the manoeuvring system, giving the company until the end of April to make the updates.
A team of US aviation experts from the FAA was at the site on Tuesday.
The Ethiopian Airlines aircraft was the same type as the Indonesian Lion Air plane that crashed in October, killing 189 passengers and crew.