FAA Report: Boeing 737 Max Software Is 'Operationally Suitable'

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2019

Company engineers are still finishing work on a software update for a stall-prevention system linked to a Lion Air crash in October off the coast of Indonesia, and the fatal dive of an Ethiopian Airlines plane near Addis Ababa last month.

The U.S. grounded Boeing's 737 Max plane in mid-March after two deadly plane crashes.

The FAA's flight standardization board examined the company's software update and found it to be "operationally suitable", Fox Business reported citing a draft report by the aviation authority. The public has until April 30 to make comments.

Reuters reports that Boeing shares rose two per cent following the release of the FAA review.

American Airlines is cancelling 115 flights per day through mid-August because of ongoing problems with the Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

Glass Lewis also recommended investors vote to remove from the board the head of Boeing's audit committee, Lawrence Kellner.

The accidents, loss of lives and damage to Boeing's reputation "indicate a potential lapse in the board's oversight of risk management", Glass Lewis said in the report.

Boeing said in a statement it "has a strong, actively engaged board, which brings a high level of expertise, dedication and commitment to its oversight function, including with respect to the safety of the 737 MAX and our other airplane programs".

An FAA spokesperson told Gizmodo that Boeing still has to formally submit the software package for agency approval, so it appears that Boeing may not be out of the woods, yet.

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