Boeing may have missed some errors while testing their 737 Max aircraft, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The 737 has been grounded since March because of two fatal plane crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia which killed 346 people total.
According to investigators, a flight control system designed to stop the aircraft from stalling malfunctioned in both crashes. They also said both flight crews did not react as fast to the deficiencies as Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration expected.
New safety suggestions from the NTSB
Due to the recently discovered aircraft flaws, the NTSB has listed several recommendations on how the FAA can improve its safety standards:
- Update assumptions about how quickly pilots respond to aircraft errors.
- Implement more accurate diagnostic tools that can help pilots understand when an aircraft is experiencing technical problems.
- Address any knowledge gaps in aircraft design, procedures and training.
- Train other flight crew members how to identify abnormal aircraft operations.
The FAA said it supports the suggested proposals.
The 737 Max’s future remains unknown
As Boeing has pilots from American and United airlines test the 737’s new software and pilot training materials, the company said it hopes the FAA will approve the updates in the coming weeks. Boeing said it also wants to have the 737 Max planes up and running again by early fourth quarter, however, the FAA said it has no set timeline as to when it will allow the aircraft back in the sky.
Aircraft malfunctions can be fatal
Passengers put a lot of trust into airplanes and their manufacturers to get them to their destination safely. Even when small errors occur, they can result in serious injury or death. If you or a family member were the victim of an airplane crash, an experienced aviation attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve.