Tuesday 15 October 2019

Boeing chief writes open letter: 'We are working to ensure the safety of 737 Max jets'

An Ethiopian relative of a crash victim grieves next to a floral tribute at the crash site (Mulugeta Ayene/AP)
An Ethiopian relative of a crash victim grieves next to a floral tribute at the crash site (Mulugeta Ayene/AP)
An engine recovered from the crashed Lion Air jet (Achmad Ibrahim/AP)
Mourners at the scene (Mulugeta Ayene/AP)
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Boeing's chief executive has said the aircraft manufacturer is taking actions to ensure the safety of its 737 Max jets in the wake of two crashes that killed 346 people.

In an open letter addressed to airlines, passengers and the aviation community, Dennis Muilenburg says Boeing will soon release a software update and offer related pilot training for the 737 Max to "address concerns" that arose in the aftermath of October's Lion Air flight that plunged into the Java Sea, killing 189.

Mr Muilenburg said Boeing representatives are supporting the investigation into the cause of last week's crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Max 8 that killed 157.

The United States and many other countries have grounded the Max 8s and larger Max 9s as Boeing faces the challenge of proving the jets are safe to fly amid suspicions that faulty sensors and software contributed to the two crashes in less than five months.

An engine recovered from the crashed Lion Air jet (Achmad Ibrahim/AP)
An engine recovered from the crashed Lion Air jet (Achmad Ibrahim/AP)
Mourners at the scene (Mulugeta Ayene/AP)
Mourners at the scene (Mulugeta Ayene/AP)

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