Anti-stall system was on before Ethiopian jet crash

Ethiopian, French and USA officials have said there are similarities between the two accidents, which led to the worldwide grounding of the recently introduced 737 Max.

"[Boeing officials] have to discuss the matter internally", said Garuda Indonesia president director Ari Askhara in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Friday, as reported by Antara.

The automated system - known as Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS - is suspected to have played a role in both the Ethiopian Airlines crash and last year's Lion Air crash, which killed 157 and 189 people, respectively.

Boeing said it had also developed a mandatory training package for 737 Max pilots to undergo before the worldwide ban on flying the model is lifted.

A spokeswoman for Boeing declined to comment in court.

He vowed that Garuda Indonesia did not plan to shift its order to another aircraft maker but ask Boeing to offer the airline other types of aircraft. "We are evaluating whether we will shift to Airbus or keep Boeing", he added.

The family of Jackson Musoni, a Rwandan citizen, filed what appeared to be the first suit related to the crash.

A preliminary report into the latest crash could be released by Ethiopian authorities within days.

Nine Brits were among the casualties when flight ET 302 came down 38 miles southeast of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

Embattled aviation giant Boeing pledged Wednesday to do all it can to prevent crashes like two that killed almost 350 people in recent months, as it unveiled a fix to the flight software of its grounded 737 MAX aircraft. "We mourn this loss of life, and we are going to do everything that we can do to ensure that accidents like these never happen again." .

The FBI has also joined a criminal investigation to look into the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX 8.

Among the changes, the MCAS will no longer repeatedly make corrections when the pilot tries to regain control, and will automatically disconnect in the event of disagreements between the two "angle of attack" (AOA) sensors, the company said. The lawsuit, filed in IL, has been brought on behalf on one of the victim's estates and accuses Boeing of "a defective design, and concomitant inadequate warnings, of the Boeing 737 Max 8".

Boeing faces a challenge of proving the Max jets are safe to fly amid suspicions that faulty sensors and software contributed to the two crashes in less than five months. The investigation into the March crash, which is being led by the Ethiopian Transport Ministry, is still at an early stage.

  • Jon Douglas