Boeing upgrades software on crisis-hit 737 MAX after deadly crash

In Washington, lawmakers are calling for an investigation into the Federal Aviation Administration's approval process for the 737 Max, and it's relationship with Boeing.

A Lion Air flight on a 737 Max 8 also crashed in October in Indonesia, taking the lives of its 189 passengers and crew.

737 Max that crashed last Sunday in Ethiopia indicates the plane was configured to dive, a piece of evidence that helped convince US regulators to ground the model, a person familiar with the investigation said late Thursday night.

US President Donald Trump and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed exchanged condolences on Friday after 157 people were killed in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet, the prime minister said.

The devices contain flight information and voice recordings which will enable investigators determine the cause of the crash.

Countries around the world, in- cluding an initially reluctant United States, have stopped using the 371 MAX planes, although they are largely coping by switching planes.

But Deeds, also a former airplane accident investigator, has looked at the data released on both crashes and believes there is a software bug in the 737 Max that has to be fixed.

The return of remains - most of which are charred and fragmented - would take up to six months, the papers said, but in the meantime earth from the crash site would be given.

An official from France's BEA air crash investigation agency speaks near the machines used to listen to tapes that are recovered from black boxes during a press visit at their offices in Le Bourget France

At least four American pilots made reports following the Lion Air crash, all complaining the aircraft suddenly pitched downward shortly after takeoff, according to documents reviewed by AFP on the Aviation Safety Reporting System, a voluntary incident database maintained by NASA.

Authorities have suspicion over the plane crashes by Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air and the cause behind them.

The budget carrier, which started flights in 2017 and is owned by Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), chose the MAX jet over Airbus' narrowbody A320neo.

The aircraft has been ordered not to fly by the plane manufacturer following a fatal crash in Ethiopia on Sunday.

A total of 344 of the MAX 8 aircraft have been delivered by Boeing thus far, and it's a popular model for many airlines.

French aviation experts on Friday began work on the heavily damaged black boxes from Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines disaster.

The New York Times cited a person who reviewed air traffic communications as saying the Ethiopian captain had reported a "flight control" problem a minute after departure as the jet was well below the minimum safe height from the ground during a climb.

"It was a very, very short period of time", Gebremariam said.

  • Leroy Wright