New Revelations: Much Before Second Crash, FAA Knew Boeing 737 MAX Was A Flying Coffin

by Amitabh Joshi 3 months ago Views 1032
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Shocking revelations have emerged from a US Congressional hearing into the Boeing 737 MAX design flaw case with the revelation of an FAA document weeks after the 2018 Lion Air crash, predicting there would be additional fatal crashes of the MAX. Six months later, an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crashed, leaving 157 passengers and crew dead. The Lion Air crash in Indonesia last year in October had claimed 189 lives.

The document, dated December 2018, was made public at a House Transportation Committee hearing on Wednesday during which a Boeing ‘whistleblower’ also testified. The former Boeing Manager, Edward Pierson, said he had warned the company’s top executives of serious lapsed in the rushed production of the 737 MAX but was hushed up.

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(Boeing ‘whistleblower’ Edward Pierson Testifies)

 

Under heavy pressure, 500 of Boeing's best-selling plane were ordered out of service after the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10 over alleged negligence by the company and with doubts cast on the US regulatory authority, FAA itself.

In India, SpiceJet was in possession of 13 of these planes with over 190 ordered and the plane was also in service with the now defunct Jet Airways.

Shockingly, the equipment flaw, on a system called MCAS (Maneuvering Control Augmentation System) was flagged by veteran pilots and engineers but ignored.

Earlier in October, the Congressional committee came down heavily on Boeing for serious wilful lapses in the plane’s production.

While Boeing says it is working overtime to fix the fault, veteran pilots, including Captain Sully Sullenberger, who famously landed a damaged plane on the Hudson in New York, say the tragedies should never have occurred in the first place.  

A preliminary report on the 737 MAX crashes revealed a faulty sensor that triggered the MCAS system which automatically forced the plane's nose down while the pilots struggled to fight with the diving plane. The MCAS is designed to lower the nose of the aircraft if the angle of ascent is too critical.

MCAS ( Maneuvering Control Augmentation System)

 

In the case of both crashes, the MCAS activated when it should not have. There were also indications that Boeing had outsourced much of the software coding to engineers, especially from India.

 

The company is now under fire for having a culture that places profits above people, a charge it is fighting hard to deny.

Boeing expects the 737 MAX to be back in service in the first quarter of 2020, but India’s DGCA and European aviation authorities say they will conduct their own checks. 

Even when the aircraft is back in service, the question remains whether air passengers and even flight crew will be able to trust it enough to get on board.