Boeing 737 MAX software patch expected before end-March

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 17, 2019

In two anonymous reports on flights just after the Lion Air disaster, USA pilots disconnected the autopilot and corrected the plane's trajectory in response.

"We are waiting for the results".

The black boxes from the Ethiopian craft, which was only a few months old and crashed minutes after takeoff, are being analyzed by the French authorities to determine the cause of the accident.

"This kind of investigation needs considerable amount of time to reach concrete conclusions". The latest crash, this time of an Ethiopian jetliner, killed all 157 people on board. Passengers from more than 30 nations were aboard.

Moges said temporary death certificates had been issued for the victims of the March 10 crash and the final documents will be ready within two weeks.

"Victim identification will be carried out using reliable scientific and global standards", Moges said at the news conference.

"We were told by the company that we will be given a kilo (of earth) each for burial at Selassie Church for a funeral they will organize", said one family member who asked not to be named.

Forensic DNA work has begun on identifying the remains but it may take six months to identify the victims' remains, because the bodies are in small pieces.

Earth from the crash site is being made available for a planned service in Addis Ababa on Sunday, Reuters reports.

"His dream was to be a pilot", said Meno Getachew Tessema, 39, Yared's brother. "I would like to emphasize his record and that he was a rising star at Ethiopian Airlines".

Concerns have been raised regarding apparent similarities with a Lion Air flight involving the same aircraft that crashed off the Indonesian coast in October.

The Ethiopian investigation into the crash is being assisted by teams from around the world, including the U.S. and France.

"Following the banning of the 737 MAX from the airspace of many countries, including America, which is the country that builds it, this type of plane is now banned from Iranian airspace", Jafarzadeh said.

"Safety is Boeing's No. 1 priority and we have full confidence in the safety of the 737 Max", the statement read.

Boeing was criticized after the Lion Air crash for allegedly failing to adequately inform 737 pilots about the functioning of the stall prevention system.

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