Report: Boeing 737 MAX Software Patch
Expected Soon |
March 18, 2019
Boeing will release upgraded software for
its 737 MAX aircraft in a week to 10 days,
according to media reports Friday.
The 737 MAX is the model of plane that has
been involved in two recent deadly crashes:
the Ethiopian Airlines crash Sunday and the
Lion Air crash in Indonesia in October.
AFP, the French news agency, was the first
to report the imminent software upgrade,
attributing the information to two unnamed
The Ethiopian and the Lion airliners
appeared to have similar problems, with both
crashing minutes after takeoff, killing
everyone on board.
Boeing statement, however, issued Monday, a
day after the Ethiopian crash, said its
“software enhancement” would be “deployed
across the 737 MAX fleet in the coming
The statement said Boeing had been working
on the software update “the past several
months and in the aftermath of Lion Air
The software patch is “designed to make an
already safe aircraft even safer,” the
Ethiopian Airlines has brought its plane’s
cockpit voice and flight data recorders to
France’s BEA air safety agency to begin the
investigation into the doomed flight that
killed 157 people.
The Lion Air crash killed 189 people.
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