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Finalization of software update and pilot training revision for Boeing

By Jay Jackson, New York State News
18 Mar 2019, 07:26 GMT+10

CHICAGO, Illinois - Boeing said Sunday it is finalizing updates to its software in the Boeing 737 Max 8 plane, and is revising its pilot training program.

It also reaffirmed the company is continuing to support the investigation into the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 which occurred six minutes after take-off last Sunday, killing all 157 people on board.

"Boeing continues to support the investigation, and is working with the authorities to evaluate new information as it becomes available. Safety is our highest priority as we design, build and support our airplanes," Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg said Sunday. 

"As part of our standard practice following any accident, we examine our aircraft design and operation, and when appropriate, institute product updates to further improve safety."

" While investigators continue to work to establish definitive conclusions, Boeing is finalizing its development of a previously-announced software update and pilot training revision that will address the MCAS flight control law's behavior in response to erroneous sensor inputs," Muilenburg said. 

"We also continue to provide technical assistance at the request of and under the direction of the National Transportation Safety Board, the U.S. Accredited Representative working with Ethiopian investigators."

The Boeing chief said he would not be commenting on the specifics of the Ethiopian Airlines crash, as that was a matter for the investigators.

"In accordance with international protocol, all inquiries about the ongoing accident investigation must be directed to the investigating authorities," he said.

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