Boeing 737 Max grounding prompts Air Canada to suspend financial outlook

17 March, 2019, 07:12 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Flight Simulator Shows What It's Like Inside Plane Just Before Crash

Boeing is upgrading the stall prevention software on its 737 MAX, industry sources said Friday, as French investigators scoured black box data from the latest of two deadly crashes involving the aircraft in recent months.

The civil aviation safety agency noted that the work on the flight data recorder would resume the following day.

In the simulator, Aimer took off from the same airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, bound for Nairobi, Kenya, "flying" something like the Boeing 737 Max 8, a model that has since been grounded in the US after the crash in Ethiopia earlier this month and another like it months before.

An Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 from San Francisco approaches for landing at Toronto Pearson International Airport over a parked Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, March 13, 2019. All 157 people from 35 countries who were on board were killed. "We are making all the necessary efforts to identify the cause of the accident", Ethiopian Minister of Transport Dagmawit Moges told reporters in Addis Ababa. The erratic flight path appeared similar to a fatal Lion Air crash in October.

Air Canada said Friday that, "in light of the current uncertainty", it is suspending the forecast it provided last month for its 2019 financial year.


Emirati carrier flydubai this week said the 737 MAX remained integral to its future strategy and that it valued its long-standing relationship with Boeing.

The investigations into both 737 Max crashes are underway, and expected to focus on the automated controls.

Both major Canadian airlines relied heavily on the 737 Max planes, and warned the groundings would cause delays and disruptions as they deployed other aircraft. It now has 13 MAX aircraft in its fleet. Ethiopian Airlines says its pilots received special training on the software.

However, there have been reports from pilots that the system tip the aircraft's nose downwards within minutes of take-off, forcing them to step in to stop the plane from dropping.

In two anonymous reports on flights just after the Lion Air disaster, U.S. pilots disconnected the autopilot and corrected the plane's trajectory in response.

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