Relatives of Ralph Nader sue Boeing over Ethiopian Airlines crash

Family Of American Woman Killed In Ethiopian 737 Max Crash Sues Boeing

Family Of American Woman Killed In Ethiopian 737 Max Crash Sues Boeing

"We at Boeing are sorry for the lives lost in the recent 737 Max accidents", Muilenburg said on Thursday via Twitter after a new report by the Ethiopian government revealed the pilots on Ethiopian Airlines fight 304 followed Boeing's recommended procedures when the plane began to nose dive.

At the same time, the autopilot disconnected as it couldn't handle the mismatch in information it was receiving, and the crew reported to Air Traffic Control that they were experiencing flight control problems.

In an earlier statement, the head of the company's commercial aircraft division had said Boeing was ready to perform "any and all additional steps" to enhance the safety of the 737 Max.

In the claim filed with the FAA, the Stumo family said the agency is "equally culpable" with Boeing.

"The preliminary report contains flight data recorder information indicating the airplane had an erroneous angle of attack sensor input that activated the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) function during the flight, as it had during the Lion Air 610 flight", Boeing said.

But in an indication of where Ethiopian investigators are directing the attention of regulators, they cleared the pilots of using incorrect procedures and issued two safety recommendations focused on the aircraft. The 737 MAX 8 and 9 planes have been grounded for weeks.

It suggested that Boeing review the aircraft control system and aviation authorities confirm the problem had been solved before allowing that model of plane back into the air.

Ethiopia set to release preliminary report into Boeing 737 MAX crash
Boeing last week said it had reprogrammed software on its 737 MAX to prevent erroneous data from triggering an anti-stall system. Candles were lit in tribute to Ethiopian Airlines plane crash victims at the United Nations Environment Assembly, in Nairobi.

Ethiopian minister of transport, Dagmawit Moges, while giving update report on the awful incident at a news conference on Thursday, April 4, said the crew performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer but was not able to control the aircraft. The complaint named Boeing and Rosemount Aerospace, the manufacturer of the angle of attack sensor, as defendants.

The preliminary AIB report is available in full here.

Shortly after the Lion Air crash a year ago, Boeing issued a bulletin reminding operators of emergency guidelines to override the anti-stall system, amid indications it had received erroneous information from Angle of Attack sensors during that disaster.

He said that safety was a core value for everyone at Boeing and the safety of its airplanes, customers, passengers and crews was always a top priority.

Data from the FDR along with recordings from the cockpit seemingly confirm that the Ethiopian pilots followed Boeing's procedures on how to defeat an erroneously triggered MCAS. Pilots of each plane struggled in vain to regain control over the automated system. "As part of this effort, we're making progress on the 737 Max software update that will prevent accidents like these from ever happening again".

Under normal circumstances, trim is used to keep an aircraft flying level.

He said the Ethiopian Airlines 302 preliminary report 'was very thorough and well done'. "The pilots have turned the MCAS on and off, but I can't say how many times because we will find that out when we have the final report", she said.

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