The Boeing 737 Max jetliners will be grounded a few more months due to another flight control software issue, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The plane has been grounded since March while engineers work to update software that has been implicated in recent crashes. Boeing hoped to resolve the issue this month, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
In a statement, the company affirms, “During the FAA’s review of the 737 MAX software update and recent simulator sessions, the FAA identified an additional requirement that it has asked the company to address through the software changes that the company has been developing for the past eight months.”
Finding Another Potential Problem
While fixing the first problem, the FAA came across another potential problem in the 737 MAX’s computer system. Published reports say the new flaw could cause planes to dive when they should be climbing.
The company says it intends to do a “thorough and comprehensive” assessment before returning the 737 MAX to passenger service.
“Boeing agrees with the FAA’s decision and request, and is working on the required software. 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,” says the statement.
Airlines Extend Cancellations
Southwest and United airlines announced extended cancellations for flights using the grounded MAX. Southwest says, “The limited number of customers who have already booked their travel and will be affected by our amended schedule are being notified of their re-accommodated travel according to our flexible accommodation procedures.”
The changes affect about 150 Southwest flights and about 40 to 50 United flights daily.
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