On March 10, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 bound for Nairobi, Kenya, crashed shortly after taking off from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board. On Wednesday, US regulators joined the global chorus by grounding the plane, citing evidence showing the Ethiopian Airlines flight may have experienced the same problem as the plane that went down five months ago off Indonesia.
Boeing declined to comment and Charles Bickers, an airline spokesman, referred the AP to the company's previous statement, which said only that the upgrade would be completed "in the coming weeks".
The similarities between the Lion Air crash in Indonesia in October 2018 and the Ethiopian Airlines crash have brought attention to the possibility of MCAS malfunctions. In the simulator, Aimer took off from the same airport in Ethiopia, but a minute after takeoff, there was a problem.
Later in the week the U.K. and India joined in the wave of groundings, and by Wednesday evening President Donald Trump added the United States to the growing list, as aviation officials await the results of an investigation into the latest crash.
In the week ending March 15, Boeing shares sank 10.3 percent, despite a 1.5 percent gain on Friday after the Chicago-based aircraft maker said it may be done faster than expected with the software upgrade for its 737 Max aircraft.
Flyadeal ordered 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8s last December with purchasing options for 20 more in a deal Boeing said was worth $5.9 billion at list prices. Despite pausing shipments, it continued to produce at full speed at its factory near Seattle.
In the meantime an Ethiopian delegation has reportedly joined investigators in France who are probing the cause of last Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines Crash.
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Boeing and USA air safety regulators have been at odds over how much pilot training will be required along with the software fix, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
The CEO of the airline told media that the work could take several days. "Break break, request back to home", he told controllers, the newspaper reported. The dead came from 35 countries.
Israeli Ilan Matsliah came to Ethiopia thinking it would be quick to find the remains of his brother for burial in accordance with Jewish tradition.
Shares of Air Canada fell as much as 3 per cent in early trading in Toronto, but recovered later to close down 0.7 per cent. Shares of United Continental Holdings Inc, the parent of United Airlines, were unchanged at $81.69 in U.S. after-hours trade. "We are very emotional".
A preliminary report focused on maintenance, training and an anti-stall system.
Others became more frustrated because there were no bodies to bury, which goes against religious customs of numerous families.