Boeing 737 MAX Software Patch Expected Soon

Sergio Conner
March 17, 2019

Boeing Co. suspended deliveries of the 737 Max planes and has not said when it will be able to address regulators' concerns with the planes. Addis Ababa is surrounded by hills and, immediately to the north, the Entoto Mountains.

Similarities between the flight path in the Lion Air incident and last week's Ethiopian Airlines crash have raised fresh questions about the system, but so far there is no evidence on whether the same software is again a potential issue.

Boeing is upgrading the stall prevention software on its 737 MAX, industry sources said Friday, as French investigators scoured black box data from the latest of two deadly crashes involving the aircraft in recent months.

As investigators in Paris started studying the cockpit voice recorder of the crashed Ethiopian Airlines jet Saturday, grieving family members were given sacks of dirt to bury in place of the remains of their loved ones.

Families have been told it could take up to six months to identify remains.

"Victim identification will be carried out using reliable scientific and global standards", Moges said at the news conference.

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As families await results from the investigation, the airline is planning to hold a service on Sunday in Addis Ababa, at the Kidist Selassie, or Holy Trinity Cathedral, where many of Ethiopia's past rulers are buried under its pink stone spires.

Around 100 relatives, including the brother and father of pilot Yared Getachew, gathered at a memorial for the victims at the Kenyan embassy. "He was diligent, hardworking, he had a consistent work ethic". All 189 people onboard were killed. Both planes crashed within minutes of take off after pilots reported problems.

The Ethiopian investigation into the crash is being assisted by teams from around the world, including the USA and France.

The move came after a growing number of airlines and countries decided not to fly the planes or ban them from their airspace until it is determined there are no safety issues.

However, Boeing said, in a statement, that it expects the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to approve design changes to the planes' software "no later than April 2019".

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