Lion Air crash families to sue Boeing after chief's apology

Investigators have determined that an anti-stall system automatically activated before the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max jet plunged into the ground

The airline said not all flights previously scheduled on a Max will be canceled, "as we plan to substitute other aircraft types".

Southwest Airlines Co said on Monday it was pulling out all Boeing Co's 737 MAX jets from its flight schedules through June 7, extending its earlier timeline by a week.

The Boeing-made Max jets have been grounded in the USA and elsewhere since mid-March, following two deadly crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.

The scale-down was not given an end date, as 737 Max planes remain grounded across the globe after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed in March.

Boeing is cutting its 737 Max production rate as the company works to return the plane to flight.

Boeing is working on upgrade of the 737 Max software to deal with the safety issue.

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Attorneys said Boeing failed to properly test its controversial Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, which is believed to be the cause of the Ethiopian Airlines crash as well as a Lion Air crash in October a year ago. The Ethiopian report does not specifically name that system, but its findings seem to indicate that the system pushed the plane into a dive fueled by an erroneous angle of attack sensor readings. The airline acknowledged in a statement that the prolonged cancellations could bring disruption for some travellers.

Boeing faces a growing number of lawsuits filed by families of the victims. Investigators think a similar sequence of events involving MCAS may have led to the Lion Air crash. The software update is part of a package of proposed changes, including additional training for pilots and updated manuals, that Boeing is expected to submit to the Federal Aviation Administration in coming weeks. In 2013, the aircraft manufacturer paid an undisclosed amount to airlines in response to the grounding of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. "We have the responsibility to eliminate this risk, and we know how to do it".

The company announced Friday after the end of the market trading that it would cut 737 Max aircraft production by almost 20 percent, a signal that the ongoing issues surrounding the plane are not going to be resolved soon.

Additionally, Muilenburg said that he's asked the Boeing Board of Directors to establish a committee to review the company-wide policies and processes for the design and development of the airplanes they build.

American Airlines now has 24 Boeing MAX 8 Aircraft in its fleet, and has more of the aircraft on order.


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