Airline regulators knew about Boeing 737 MAX nosedive issue 2yrs ago

A Boeing Co. 737 MAX 9 jetliner sits on the production floor at the company's manufacturing facility in Renton Washington U.S. on Monday Feb. 13 2017. Boeing Co. is laying plans to expand the family of 737 Max jetliners with a new version tailor

United States government experts have been analysing details gathered by their Ethiopian counterparts for the past few days, the newspaper added, and the emerging consensus was relayed at a high-level briefing of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Thursday. "But it's certainly creating fear and the lack of confidence in Boeing customers and those that trust the FAA", Guzzetti said.

The family of Jackson Musoni, a Rwandan victim of the March 10 crash, filed a lawsuit against Boeing on March 28 in a federal court in Chicago.

As Wall Street Journal reports, this malfunction is thought to be connected to a similar issue present in the previous 737 MAX crash, a Lion Air flight in 2018.

Anglo-German tour operator TUI became the latest Boeing 737 MAX operator to warn of a hit to its profits as the USA planemaker moved to restore confidence in its best-selling model after two fatal crashes that have grounded the planes worldwide.

"It is not physically easy to make large trim changes to correct, say, an MCAS input".

The details about the sensor, which haven't previously been reported, indicate a scenario similar to the one on the final flight of a Lion Air jet that crashed October 29 off the coast of Indonesia.

TUI said it was planning for the planes to remain grounded until at least the middle of July, costing it upwards of 200 million euros ($224 million) in core profit, with "considerable uncertainty" about when the 737 MAX would return to service. It also is a strong link to the fatal crash of an Indonesian Lion Air Max jet, which had similar problems in October.

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According to Reuters, European Aviation and Space Agency documents from 2016 certified the plane as safe partly because training would "clearly explain" to pilots the "unusual" situations in which they would need use a manual wheel on the flight deck to adjust the angle.

In 1979, for instance, the FAA grounded the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 following accidents involving a poorly designed cargo door that could spring open during flight and a crash in Chicago - still the deadliest aviation accident in US history with 273 lives lost - that ultimately was blamed on poor maintenance practices by American Airlines.

Former FAA accident investigator Mike Daniel said that to prevent stalls, the control column was created to require more force for a pilot to pull back than to push forward.

He also seemed to cast doubt on the MCAS as the clear culprit, saying that data collected from 57,000 flights in the USA since the MAX was introduced in 2017 revealed not a single reported MCAS malfunction.

Mavropoulos, 53, said he had been deluged with thousands of messages, many from retired pilots and aviation experts who he said expressed concerns that market competition was downgrading safety.

"We still have confidence in the Boeing brand, but not the MAX 8 product, because the people, or our customers, have lost confidence in the product", he said, adding that he believed Boeing would support Garuda Indonesia, because, as a flag carrier, the airline was Boeing's key customer in Indonesia. A modified alert indicator for pilots is also among the fixes.

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