Two crashes and 350 lives later, Boeing issues changes to controversial control systems

epa07455210 (FILE) - Aircrafts of Garuda Indonesia taxi on the tarmac of Soekarno Hatta airport, the main international airport of Jakarata, in Tangerang, Banten Province, Indonesia,12 December 2014 (reissued 22 March 2019). According to reports, Garuda on 22 March 2019 said it was stopping an order of 50 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircrafts worth some five billion US dollars. Garuda said their passengers had 'lost trust' in the jet after the crashes of a 737 Max 8 in Ethiopia and Indonesia. EPA-EFE/MAST IRHAM

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Boeing has issued changes to controversial control systems linked to two fatal crashes of its 737 Max planes in the last five months.

Boeing has vowed to do all it can to prevent crashes like the two in recent months that left nearly 350 people dead.

Its 737 MAX planes, which were involved in the Lion Air incident in Indonesia and more recently the Ethiopian Airline crash, have been grounded world-wide, Sky Reports.

Sky adds “During a carefully-managed media event, in which Boeing refused to take any on camera or on the record questions, Boeing’s vice president of product strategy Mike Sinnett said in a prepared statement: “We’re going to do everything that we can do to ensure that accidents like these never happen again.”

The BBC‘s report says “it’s still not certain when the planes, that were grounded worldwide this month, will be allowed to fly. Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the accidents. As part of the upgrade, Boeing will install as a standard a warning system, which was previously an optional safety feature.

The Independent reports that Boeing official in Seattle said on Wednesday the timing of the software upgrade was “100 per cent independent of the timing of the Ethiopian accident” and the company was taking steps to make the anti-stall system “more robust”. “We are going to do everything that we can do to ensure that accidents like these never happen again,” said Mike Sinnett.

Via BBC / Sky News

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