What we know about Boeing 737 MAX crash and what comes next

Ethiopia and Indonesia crash parallels heap pressure on Boeing

According to the report, a grand jury in Washington D.C. issued a broad subpoena to at least one person involved in the development of the 737 Max aircraft.

At the same time, the Department of Transportation has ordered two regional Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) offices to secure computer files related to the certification process of the plane.

A preliminary report of the Lion Air crash also showed that the pilots fought with the automatic safety system, known as the maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS), for control of the jet.

USA regulators and safety experts are now asking how thoroughly the FAA and Boeing vetted the anti-stall system and how well pilots around the world were trained for it when their airlines bought new planes.

Last week's crash of a Boeing 737 Max was the second disaster involving the aircraft type in five months. That probe is focused on a safety system implicated in the October Lion Air crash, the Journal said.

Boeing said Monday that the flight stabilization system under scrutiny following two deadly 737 MAX plane crashes, met all U.S. regulations.

The agency said in a statement, however, that its "aircraft certification processes are well established and have consistently produced safe aircraft designs".

The spokesman, Mike Trevino, said Boeing never followed up to explain why that deadline passed without an upgrade.

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The Seattle Times said the company's safety analysis of the MCAS system had crucial flaws, including understating power.

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 sits outside the hangar during a media tour of the Boeing 737 MAX at the Boeing plant in Renton, Wash., on Dec.8, 2015.

On Friday, Reuters reported that investigators found a piece of equipment called a jackscrew at the Ethiopian crash site that suggested that the jet's stabilizers were tilted upward, which would have then forced the nose of the plane downward.

"As per established best practices, Boeing, Ethiopian Airlines and their insurers will go through a detailed discovery process that will include independent third party assessments about the likely root cause (s) that caused this fatal crash to determine liability, applicability of coverage etc.", Swiss Re said.

The FAA refused on Sunday to comment on the newspaper reports, noting the various investigations still underway.

"We all are children of Adam and Eve, even though our skin colours are different", said Seyoum Kidanu, a retired police officer wearing full dress uniform and a sash in the colours of the Ethiopian flag.

The 737 MAX was certified as a variant of the 737 Next Generation, the plane it replaced, despite major differences in the engine and the MCAS, according to documents available on the FAA's website.

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