FAA Says Boeing Model In Ethiopia Crash Is Safe To Fly

Business Insider reports:

The US’s top air-safety regulator has said the plane model involved in Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash, the second such disaster in five months, is safe to fly.

The Federal Administration said in a Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community (CANIC) on Monday evening that Ethiopian’s crash, which killed all 157 passengers on board, cannot yet be linked to that Lion Air flight 610, which plunged into the Java Sea 12 minutes after takeoff in October.

“External reports are drawing similarities between this accident and the Lion Air Flight 610 accident on October 29, 2018,” the agency said. “However, this investigation has just begun and to date we have not been provided data to draw any conclusions or take any actions.”

But there’s also this tonight:

The Federal Aviation Administration says it expects Boeing will soon complete improvements to an automated anti-stall system that is suspected of contributing to a deadly crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 in October.

The FAA said Monday that Boeing will also update training requirements and flight crew manuals related to the system.

The system automatically points the plane’s nose down if sensors indicate the plane could be in danger of losing lift, or stalling. Sensors on the plane operated by Indonesia’s Lion Air gave out faulty readings on its last four flights.