Boeing CEO apologizes for fatal plane crash, accepts blame

Boeing CEO apologizes for fatal plane crash, accepts blame

Boeing CEO apologizes for fatal plane crash, accepts blame

"It appears the flight crew reactivated electric trim", former Boeing engineer Peter Lemme said.

"Expressing sadness for the loss of the 346 lives claimed by the two accidents, Muilenburg said he could not remember "a more heart-wrenching time" at his career at Boeing" and said the company knew lives depended on the work it did.

"We remain confident in the fundamental safety of the 737 Max", CEO Dennis Muilenburg said in a statement, adding that impending software fixes would make the aircraft "among the safest airplanes ever to fly".

A preliminary report on the Ethiopian Airlines crash released on Thursday did not directly blame the MCAS, but did speak of the plane's constant and uncontrollable nose-diving, which could have been caused by the software if it were fed false data from a damaged sensor. A deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash killed 157 passengers in March.

The Ethiopian Airlines pilots initially followed the advice to shut off the MCAS anti-stall system but later reversed the command counter to guidance at a time when they were traveling beyond maximum operating speeds, according to data contained in a preliminary report released on Thursday and experts on the jet.

"The crew performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer, but was not able to control the aircraft", said Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges, unveiling results of the preliminary probe into the crash.

Ms Stumo is the niece of consumer activist Ralph Nader, who called for a boycott of the 737 MAX on Thursday.

Among other changes, the update will keep the safety system from kicking in when only one of the sensors detects a stall. The crash, which took place on March 10, marked the second fatal crash of a almost brand-new Boeing 737 Max airliner since October and precipitated the grounding of the global 737 Max fleet.

It has also brought uncomfortable scrutiny over new software, pilot training and regulatory rigour.

To counteract it, the Ethiopian Airlines pilots responded with at least some of the steps that Boeing and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration recommended after the first accident.

Both flights crashed minutes after takeoff when an automated safety feature known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) was triggered erroneously, sending each aircraft into a fatal nosedive.

Manufacturers avoid halting and then resuming production as this disrupts supply chains and can cause industrial snags.

He said that it was the similar case in the recent two accidents, adding that pilots had stated that erroneous activation of the MCAS function could add to what was already a high workload environment.

A grand jury convened by USA prosecutors last month subpoenaed a former Boeing engineer demanding he provide testimony and documents related to the 737 Max. It's our responsibility to eliminate this risk.

"We've always been relentlessly focused on safety and always will be; it is at the very core of who we are at Boeing and we know we can always be better". "This is territory we are going to see more of", Hart said.

The plane had faulty "angle of attack" sensor readings, its nose was pushed down automatically, and the crew lost control despite following recommended instructions, it said.

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