Pilots of doomed Boeing 737 MAX fought the plane’s software and lost

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"Within this one year we'll analyse whether other problems are existing on this aircraft", he said.

Muilenburg framed the company's decision as part of an effort to make its airplanes "as safe as any airplane ever to fly".

The Ethiopian crash and last October's Lion Air crash in Indonesia killed a total of 346 people and led to the worldwide grounding of Boeing's 737 MAX airplanes.

USA planemaker Boeing admitted on Thursday that its 737 MAX passenger jet has another software error in addition to the one implicated in two major crashes in recent months. The aircraft, which was headed to Nairobi, Kenya, crashed in a village southeast of the Ethiopian capital, killing all 149 passengers and 8 crew members on board.

Ethiopian Airlines had on Thursday disclosed in its preliminary report, that the pilots of the ill-fated aircraft followed instructions that Boeing recommended and FAA approved emergency procedures to handle the most hard emergency situation created on the airplane.

They said the crew performed all of the procedures provided by Boeing but was unable to control the aircraft. But most are Max planes.

United States regulators this week demanded further improvements to a proposed fix before it could be submitted for review and announced a review of the certification of the automated flight control system on the 737 Max.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Boeing is expected to submit its package of potential fixes for regulatory approval in the coming weeks.

Most accidents take months of analysis because of the need to trace backwards to find a root cause from tangled evidence.

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The AIB's initial findings present data from the crashed plane's flight data recorder (FDR) which shows that faulty readings from a malfunctioning angle-of-attack (AOA) sensor triggered the 737 Max's Maneuvering Characteristic Augmentation System (MCAS) that is created to automatically push the nose of the plane downward.

He said investigators are going to be focused far more on the interaction between software and pilots rather than mechanical issues in future.

"As pilots have told us, erroneous activation of the MCAS function can add to what is already a high-workload environment", Muilenburg said.

Muilenburg went on to explain the cause of the accidents in both flights: "It is apparent that in both flights, the maneuvering characteristics augmentation system, known as MCAS, activated in response to erroneous angle-of-attack information".

The proper response to MCAS emergencies, Leeham Co analyst Bjorn Fehrm said, is to correct the risky nose-down "trim" using electronic thumb switches, then turn off MCAS and trim manually with the wheel.

"Those should literally follow each other", said one USA -based expert, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

"Safety is our responsibility, and we own it". Had this problem been addressed sooner, the 157 people aboard the Ethiopia Airlines plane would likely still have their lives. As a result, three motions of the stabilizer trim were recorded.

"Everyone can talk about it from a desk, but when you see it happening it's another thing", said Dennis Tajer, a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association at American Airlines.

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