WASHINGTON—The ban on the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft became worldwide on Wednesday after the United States joined Canada and other countries in grounding the aircraft amid mounting global fears for the jets’ airworthiness. US authorities said new evidence showed similarities between Sunday’s deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 and a fatal accident in Indonesia in October last year. In two anonymous reports on flights just after the Lion Air crash, pilots disconnected the autopilot and corrected the plane’s trajectory. The FAA, however, said this week it had mandated that Boeing update its flight software and training on the aircraft. Boeing was criticized after the Lion Air crash for allegedly failing to adequately inform 737 pilots about the functioning of the stall prevention system.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer March 14, 2019 21:00 UTC