Boeing has confirmed that following the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)'s review of the 737 MAX software and recent simulator sessions, an additional requirement has been identified.
As a result, the FAA has asked the company to address the issues through the software changes that the company has been developing for the past eight months.
On Mar.10, 2019, Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crashed six minutes into take off, killing all 157 passengers on board. Just five months prior on Oct. 29, 2018, Lion Air flight JT610 plunged into the Java Sea 13 minutes after takeoff, killing all 189 on board. Both planes were aboard the Boeing 737 MAX 8.
The FAA review and process for returning the 737 MAX to passenger service are designed to result in a thorough and comprehensive assessment. Boeing states that it agrees with the FAA's decision and request, and is working on the required software.
In a press release, Boeing stated: "Addressing this condition will reduce pilot workload by accounting for a potential source of uncommanded stabilizer motion. Boeing will not offer the 737 MAX for certification by the FAA until we have satisfied all requirements for certification of the MAX and its safe return to service."
Currently, Air Canada, WestJet, and Sunwing's Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes remain grounded until further notice.
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