The Special Committee to Review the Federal Aviation Administration's Aircraft Certification Process also found the FAA's certification procedures to be effective overall. The Max has been grounded since two crashes killed 346 people. Essentially, this system function monitors the start-up of other necessary systems to ensure that everything loads as it should. The issue occurs when the system is initially powered up, the person said. Fortunately, the specific location where the failure occurred meant that the plane could not be airborne and encounter this bug at the same time, so there isn't concern that poses a crash risk.
Calhoun, who told staff the company must strengthen its culture, focus on "integrity" and be "transparent", is due to visit the assembly plants next week in Washington State and should hold his first news conference by telephone on Wednesday, company officials say.
Boeing's troubled 737 Max has run into a new glitch.
The crashes of a Lion Air 737 Max on October 29, 2018, and an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max on March 10, 2019, both occurred shortly after takeoff when a flight-control computer program known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, repeatedly pushed the planes into dives.
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"Boeing has made us aware of the issue but it's too early to provide any indication regarding potential impact to timing" of the plane's return to service, said Brandy King, a Southwest spokeswoman.
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'Our highest priority is ensuring the 737 MAX is safe and meets all regulatory requirements before it returns to service'.
Southwest said last month it reached a confidential compensation agreement with Boeing for a portion of a projected $830million hit to 2019 operating income arising from the grounding of its 737 MAX aircraft and said it would share with its employees proceeds of about $125million from Boeing.
A person with knowledge of the situation said the issue concerns software that verifies whether monitors tracking key systems on the plane are working properly.
US and European aviation safety regulators met with Boeing in an effort to complete a 737 MAX software documentation audit that was begun in November. Pilots in both cases were able to temporarily maintain control, but eventually the jets entered steep dives and crashed. Boeing's top-selling jet was grounded March 13 after two fatal crashes involving a flight-control system.
During the process of assessing the plane a year ago, Boeing discovered another issue and had to redesign its flight-control computers. The reworking of that software has been one of the reasons that the repairs have taken so long.