‘Sorry for lives lost’: Boeing admits faulty system part of ‘chain of events’ in 737 MAX crashes: Including Ethiopia

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‘Sorry for lives lost’: Boeing admits faulty system part of ‘chain of events’ in 737 MAX crashes: Including Ethiopia
‘Sorry for lives lost’: Boeing admits faulty system part of ‘chain of events’ in 737 MAX crashes: Including Ethiopia

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg has said “it’s apparent” that the 737 MAX 8’s MCAS maneuvering system contributed to two fatal air accidents. Investigators had long suspected the system’s role in the disasters.

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 plunged into a field shortly after takeoff in March, killing all 157 people on board. Indonesian Lion Air Flight 610 nosedived into the sea last October, killing all 189 passengers and crew. Investigators noted “clear similarities” between both accidents.

“The full details of what happened in the two accidents will be issued by the government authorities in the final reports,” Muilenburg said in a video posted Thursday. “It’s apparent that in both flights the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, known as MCAS, activated in response to [the] erroneous angle of attack information,” he continued.