Ethiopian Crash Investigators Call for Inquiry Into Boeing Max Controls – The New York Times

The MCAS update was supposed to have been rolled out earlier this year, but it was delayed. Polana Pramesti, the head of Indonesia’s civil aviation authority, said on Thursday that she was told by the F.A.A. in a teleconference that the new software would be introduced “in a few weeks.”

But it will take airlines some time to test the new software and restore the trust of customers leery about the Max, given two fatal crashes within half a year.

In a statement released on Twitter after the news conference on Thursday, Ethiopian Airlines said pilots on the doomed flight had followed emergency procedures recommended by Boeing and approved by the F.A.A.

“It was very unfortunate that they could not recover the airplane from the persistence of nose diving,” the airline said.

In the news conference, however, Ms. Moges, the transport minister, cautioned against holding any party responsible for the plane’s fatal plunge.

“The major objective of this investigation is to make sure that there is safety in the aviation sector,” she said. “It is not to blame someone.”


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