Southwest 737 Max makes emergency landing in Orlando

Scovel's testimony for the hearing first reported by Reuters says that in response to a 2015 inspector general report, the FAA agreed to improve oversight of organizations performing certifications on its behalf.

The crash, which came just months after another accident involving the same aircraft model in Indonesia, has led to questions over the safety of the aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration announced changes of its own as well in front of a U.S. Senate committee.

While aviation analysts claim that 737 Max comprises less than 1% of total aircraft, its grounding still affected thousands of travellers in recent days. He calls the FAA's review "an agency priority".

The Boeing 737 Max was grounded by USA officials two weeks ago following the second deadly crash involving the series of planes.

In Renton, Washington, the company is gathering customers and news media Wednesday to walk through the details of a software update created to help pilots more easily avert conditions that investigators have linked to an October disaster in Indonesia.

"We believe the risk/reward is very compelling on the Boeing stock at current levels", Arment said.

The storing of the planes comes as the timeline for getting them back in service remains unclear. A company official provided more details on work to update the flight control software, which was not part of previous 737 models.

Pilots at Southwest Airlines and American Airlines were angry that they did not learn of the software's existence until after the Lion Air crash.

The shares dropped as much as 3.1 per cent following initial reports of the Southwest plane's emergency landing.

Separately on Tuesday, families and friends grieving the victims of the Ethiopian disaster held a tearful ceremony in Addis Ababa to unveil a plaque and plant an olive tree with soil from the crash site.

Boeing said the changes will include protection against faulty readings by sensors. During the final minutes, the captain of the Lion Air flight flipped through a technical manual trying to figure out what was happening.

No passengers were aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 8701, which was being ferried from Orlando International Airport to Victorville, California, for short-term storage, the airline said.

Flight simulations recreating the the crash of a Lion Air Boeing plane previous year left pilots with less than 40 seconds to override a malfunctioning system, according to a report by the New York Times.

Investigators have drawn similarities between the flight data from that crash and the Ethiopian Airlines crash earlier this month that killed 157 people. It's a system that was activated on both the doomed Lion Air flight and Ethiopian Air flight.

Pilots had less than 40 seconds to correct a fault with Boeing's automated system that investigators suspect caused the two disastrous plane crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, according to tests. "It's a serious breach of trust". The plane was heading to Victorville, California.

Tewolde Gebremariam, chief executive officer of Ethiopian Airlines, told the Associated Press this week that the training and manuals provided by Boeing and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration might not have been enough to give pilots the ability to prevent the crash.

  • Leroy Wright