Boeing chief issues personal message in wake of 737 Max crashes

Boeing Muilenburg efends safety

Boeing Muilenburg efends safety

The standoff raised concerns Boeing was too close to the Trump administration, after chief executive Dennis Muilenburg personally called the President on Tuesday 12 March to reassure him the plane was safe.

Speculation about the causes of the crashes has focused on the.

Many countries have grounded the Max 8 jets, including Canada. The plane crashed within minutes.

He believed that potential flaw in the 737 Max 8's design is part of an investigation.

China is looking at excluding Boeing's troubled 737 Max jet from a list of American exports it would buy as part of a trade deal with the US, people familiar with the matter said.

The probe is focusing on the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, implicated in the Lion Air crash, which authorities have said shared similarities with the latest accident.

It is not clear how long the 737 Max will remain grounded. China Eastern Airlines has 13, while Air China has 14, according to Boeing. The pilot evidently lost a battle for control.

Mourners in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia carry portraits of victims from the Ethiopian Airlines crash.

The company is also facing a logistical dilemma: where to store the 737 MAX aircraft it continues to produce?

This story was first published on CNN.com, "Experts say there were similarities in the Ethiopian Airlines and the Lion Air crashes".

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- Boeing Co has stopped delivery of all new MAX jets to its customers.

Boeing jets were featured on a draft list of American products China would buy to reduce its trade surplus with the USA, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing private deliberations.

The Seattle Times reported over the weekend that FAA managers pushed the agency's engineers to hand over much of the safety-testing responsibility to Boeing, itself.

The FAA raised eyebrows last week after delaying its decision to ground Boeing's jet in United States airspace until after virtually all other aviation authorities around the world had done so.

"The 737 MAX was certified in accordance with the identical FAA requirements and processes that have governed certification of all previous new airplanes and derivatives", Boeing said. But news reports after the Lion Air crash quoted some pilots suggesting Boeing didn't adequately explain to pilots how the plane could commandeer flight controls.

It also said it has chartered one daily flight from Air Transat for the Vancouver-Montreal route until March 31, starting Wednesday.

How will Boeing assure that the 737 Max is safe to fly?

A possible criminal investigation during an aircraft accident investigation is unusual.

Investigators were expected to select a handful of the roughly 1,800 parameters of flight data in their initial review, including those thrown up by the Lion Air investigation, before analyzing the rest in coming weeks and months.

The FAA last week said it already had ordered Boeing to develop a fix for problems with the MCAS system.

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