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Grounded The Boeing 737 MAX

The worldwide grounding of Boeing's 737 Max 8 and 9 airliners has upended the aviation business, with American Airlines canceling up to 90 flights a day because of a dwindling fleet. The new software alters the aircraft's Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) to prevent it from being triggered erroneously. It is devised to automatically push the nose down only once-for no longer than 10 seconds-if the aircraft is in danger of stalling and losing lift.

The German-based firm owns 15 of the planes, with five within its United Kingdom operation.

Ethiopian Airlines will work with investigators in Ethiopia, the US and elsewhere "to figure out what went wrong with flight 302", the airline's CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, said on Monday.

Garuda has only one 737 MAX and had been reconsidering its order before the Ethiopian crash, as has fellow Indonesian carrier Lion Air, which experienced a deadly crash in October. The New York Times quoted sources as saying that pilots using the simulators were able to land their virtual planes safely.

Boeing is updating the plane's anti-stall software and has invited more than 200 pilots, technical experts and regulators to its factory in Renton, Washington, for a briefing.

In a statement, Norwegian said it is continuing to temporarily withhold further ticket sales on all routes which 737 MAX had been operating on, in order to be certain that it can meet customer expectations.

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"We had a productive session this past Saturday and plan to reach all current and many future MAX operators and their home regulators".

Boeing is preparing to release a software update and revised training guidelines that are aimed at addressing the MCAS issue. A preliminary report into the Lion Air crash has suggested the combination of incorrect sensor readings and MCAS contributed to the plane diving into the sea. The Journal said the changes have won tentative approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Flight simulations using both the old and new versions of the software revealed that the virtual planes were easier to land and reportedly didn't require pilots to disable the MCAS feature in order to save a faltering aircraft. And after the first 737 MAX crash in Indonesia, the CEO said, "more should have been done from the Boeing side in terms of disclosure, in terms of coming up with strong procedures, stronger than what they gave us".

Boeing also provided these definitions for the terms used by Hamilton, which are helpful for the wider debate. The revamped planes will be outfitted with two sensors on the plane's nose, rather than one, to counteract the possibility of faulty information triggering the MCAS system.

"After the crash it came to our attention that the system is aggressive", Yohannes Hailemariam, vice president for flight operations at Ethiopian, told local reporters speaking in the Amharic language.

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