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Boeing: 737 Max Software Update, Pilot Training Coming Soon

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg released a statement amid the worldwide grounding of its 737 Max 8 passenger airplanes saying that the company will soon release a software update and enhance pilot training. The open letter to its airline customers, passengers, and the aviation community in general Boeing says that the updates will address the issues that emerged after the crashes of its 737 Max 8 planes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, which killed a combined 346 people. “Based on facts from the Lion Air Flight 610 accident and emerging data as it becomes available from the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 accident, ... Read More

Ethiopian Airlines Jet Experienced Problems Similar to Lion Air Flight

The Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed March 10 began experiencing harrowing problems within a minute of takeoff from Addis Ababa, entering into dangerous flight patterns that were similar to those experienced by the Lion Air flight that crashed five months earlier in Indonesia. Citing information shared by an unidentified source involved in the investigation, the New York Times reported that upon takeoff, Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 accelerated to dangerous speeds before oscillating up and down by hundreds of feet. The motions of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft suggest its autopilot system repeatedly entered anti-stall maneuvers that the pilots couldn’t ... Read More

Pilot in Deadly SoCal Plane Crash Had Fake Cop ID

Authorities investigating a plane crash that killed five people and destroyed a suburban California home earlier this month say the pilot was in possession of fake papers indicating he was a retired Chicago police officer. Pilot Antonio Pastini, 75, who owned a sushi restaurant in Carson City, Nevada, and a number of other restaurants, departed Fullerton Municipal Airport on Feb. 3 and flew about 10 miles when his Cessna 41A broke apart and burst into flames in the air. Parts of the airplane were scattered across four blocks of a Yorba Linda neighborhood, but the largest part of the plane ... Read More

Airplane Crashes Into SoCal Super Bowl Party, Killing Five People

A Sunday evening Super Bowl party turned into a horrific tragedy when a private airplane broke apart in the air, scattering flaming debris over a Yorba Linda, California neighborhood and triggering a house fire that killed four people in addition to the airplane’s pilot. The main cabin and one engine of the twin-engine Cessna airplane crashed through the roof of the suburban Yorba Linda home and burst into flames that immediately enveloped the house. The people inside the home were only identified as two males and two females as of Monday afternoon. The pilot and sole occupant of the 1981 ... Read More

Automation Glitches, Pilot Error Contributed to Lion Air Crash

If preliminary findings of the Lion Air plane crash investigation bear out, the same automated technology that has made flying safer in recent years may be responsible for a growing share of plane crashes that do occur. Investigators involved in the probe of Lion Air flight 610, which crashed in the Java Sea off the coast of Jakarta, Indonesia Oct. 29, found that the pilots faced a confusing “cacophony of warnings that started seconds after takeoff and continued for the remaining 11 minutes before the crash,” according to Bloomberg. When Boeing was designing its latest version of the 737 – ... Read More

Was the Lion Air Plane Crash Caused by a Faulty Instrument?

Investigators revealed more information about the “technical problem” a Lion Air jet experienced on other flights before it crashed in Indonesia Oct. 29, killing all 189 people aboard. Indonesian government officials said in an emotional news conference Nov. 5 that the Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet had been experiencing problems with is airspeed indicator on the doomed flight and that the instrument had malfunctioned on the three flights preceding the Oct. 29 crash. Those previous Lion Air flights landed safely but passengers on a flight from Bali to Jakarta, which landed just hours before the flight that crashed, ... Read More

Lion Air Passengers on Previous Night’s Flight Said Plane Flew Erratically

Although investigations have just begun on the Lion Air plane crash in Indonesia that killed all 189 people aboard Oct. 29, some evidence has emerged pointing to a possible defect or damage in the newly manufactured Boeing aircraft. Passengers who flew on the same Lion Air flight from Bali to Jakarta the night before the crash said the airplane was flying like a “roller coaster” and that the engine was making an unusual noise throughout the flight, according to CBS News. Reports of the erratic flying are especially concerning because the airplane – a practically brand-new Boeing 737 Max – ... Read More

Pilots Killed in Greenville, SC Charter Plane Crash Weren’t Properly Certified

A deadly plane crash at Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) in South Carolina last month was likely caused, at least in part, by inadequate pilot training and certification, federal investigators found. The Sept. 27 plane crash killed pilot John Christian Caswell, 49, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and his co-pilot, Stephen George Fox, of Indian Rocks, Florida. Two passengers – a wife and husband – were critically injured. Video footage of the accident shows the Dassault Falcon 50 jet landing on runway 19 at GMU before plunging off an embankment at the end of the landing strip. The crash caused the mid-size ... Read More

Air Niugini Plane Crash Lands in Micronesia Lagoon

An Air Niugini passenger jet landed in a shallow lagoon by the Micronesian island of Chuuk Friday morning, injuring seven people, including one in critical but stable condition. Air Niugini is the national air carrier of Papua, New Guinea that offers mostly domestic routes and some routes in Asia and the Pacific islands. The flight that crash landed, identified as PX 073, was carrying 47 people — 35 passengers and 12 crew members. According to the BBC, the Air Niugini Boeing 737-800 plane took off from the island of Pohnpei, another island in the Federated States of Micronesia archipelago, about ... Read More

No Indemnification for Tom Cruise Movie Producers in Airplane Crash Litigation

Four movie production companies seeking to be released from any potential awards or judgments against them in a body of airplane crash litigation have had their case dismissed by a Georgia federal judge. The production companies, Cross Creek Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Quadrant Pictures and Vendian Entertainment, are embroiled in lawsuits blaming them for a fatal airplane crash on the set of the Tom Cruise movie “American Made.” Judge Michael Brown of Georgia’s Northern District, where the production companies wanted to shift all liability to the maintenance company that maintained the doomed airplane, said the plaintiffs should wait until the lawsuits ... Read More