A software glitch could be responsible for the deaths of 346 people.
It’s believed that investigators have confirmed the same malfunction that brought down the Lion Air flight last year, could also be responsible for that devastating Ethiopian Airlines crash.
Sources now tell ABC News that preliminary information from the black boexs inidcates the Boeing 737 Max’s “Flight-control feature automatically activated before the plane nose-dived into the ground”.
Just days ago, pilots tested the system in a simulator. Many saying they were shocked at how aggressive the anti-stall directed the jet nose down.
Ganyard said, “The force of the stick may have surprised the pilots, been stronger than they had anticipated and this may have confused them and led them to making false moves in the cockpit.”
And we know that in the Lion Air crash, pilots fought this automated system shortly after take off for 12 minutes before losing the battle. But we don’t yet know what happened inside the cockpit of the Ethiopian flight.
Tom Haueter, former NTSB investigator said, “You need a system that provides additional protections provides additional information so that these two accidents don’t happen again.”
Earlier this week, Boeing revealed a potential solution: new software update that would make it harder for that system to initiate and easier for pilots to recover and pull back the control column.
Lawmakers say they also plan to take action.
Daniel Elwell, Federal Aviation Administration Acting Administrator said, “We’re responsible for aviation safety in the United States but we are, it’s a globe, there are no boundaries, there’s no borders, it’s a global endeavor.”
That software update is still awaiting FAA approval. And as the company waits coming as hundreds of 737 Max’s throughout the world are grounded costing millions of dollars each day.