Boeing’s 737 MAX jets will remain grounded for weeks after the Federal Aviation Administration said that the plane maker continues to work on a software fix. Boeing had said it would submit the fix to the FAA last week, and it had gathered hundreds of industry representatives at its Seattle-area facilities last Wednesday to demonstrate the software changes.
“The FAA expects to receive Boeing’s final package of its software enhancement over the coming weeks for FAA approval,”Time is needed for additional work by Boeing as the result of an ongoing review of the 737 MAX Flight Control System to ensure that Boeing has identified and appropriately addressed all pertinent issues.”
The plane has been grounded since mid-March following the deadly accidents where a part of the aircraft’s flight control system is suspected of causing, at least in part, the crashes that killed all 346 people aboard the jets. Boeing believes it has solved issues with the 737 Max automated stall prevention system by updating the plane’s software, cockpit alerts and pilot training. As Boeing and investigators studied the brief flights of the Lion Air plane that plunged into the Java Sea in Indonesia on Oct. 29 and the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10, the scariest similarity was the way both flights pitched up and down before crashing.“Safety is our first priority, and we will take a thorough and methodical approach to the development and testing of the update to ensure we take the time to get it right,” Boeing said in a statement. The airplane maker unveiled some of its fixes to pilots, regulators and the media last week. Boeing’s stock dipped less than a percent in extended trading after closing up more than 2 percent Monday.