After Lion Air crash, Boeing doubled down on faulty 737 MAX assumptions

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Seven weeks after the crash of a Boeing 737 MAX operated by Lion Air killed 189 people in Indonesia, the jetmaker made a detailed presentation to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) justifying its design of the flight control system that had repeatedly pushed the jet’s nose down.

It concluded, in an exculpatory phrase repeated on multiple slides, that there was “No process violation or non-compliance” in how the jet was certified by the regulators. But in hindsight, details in the December 2018 slide presentation reveal serious holes in the original evaluation of the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) flight-control software.

Equally troubling, despite clear indications from the previous month’s Lion Air tragedy that the pilots had not responded as Boeing’s safety analyses assumed Read More

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