Boeing confirms it will upgrade software for all 737 MAX 8 aircraft

Boeing confirms it will upgrade software for all 737 MAX 8 aircraft
By Philip Pangalos
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Boeing said it will upgrade software for all 737 MAX 8 aircraft. This comes after an FAA request, and Sunday's crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX


Boeing confirmed late on Monday night that it will upgrade software for all 737 MAX 8 aircraft, shortly after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it will ask for changes in the design of the model by April.

Boeing did not make any express correlation between this software update and the crash of a 737 MAX 8 aircraft on Sunday, though the announcement did express management's condolences to the families of those who lost their lives.

Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board who were en route to Nairobi, Kenya. This crash comes only five months after the same model Lion Air jet crashed in Indonesia, killing 189 people.

"It's always more than one thing. It's never one thing, it's always a multiple combination of factors that lead to a catastrophic accident like this. And so that is what we can expect, multiple factors," one expert said.

Boeing explained that after the previous plane crash of this type of aircraft which belonged to Lion Air in Indonesia in October, an improvement in software checks was developed for the 737 MAX, so that the model would become even safer. The company assured that the software upgrade for the entire fleet would take place within the coming weeks.

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