Boeing cuts down on 737 production after Ethiopian crash
In the aftermath of 737 crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia, Boeing is temporarily cutting down on the production of its bestselling aircraft.
In an official statement, Boeing has said that production will be reduced from 52 planes a month to 42.
737 Max airliners are grounded all across the globe as preliminary findings reported that its anti-stall mechanism may have been to blame in the crash in Ethiopia. The airplane met its fate just minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa airport, killing all 157 people on board.
Just five months earlier, a 737 in the fleet of Lion Air, an Indonesian airline, crashed minutes after takeoff. All 189 people on board perished.
In both cases, preliminary findings showed the pilots had wrestled with the anti-stall system, known as MCAS, which caused the planes to nose-dive repeatedly.
In its statement, Boeing acknowledged that the MCAS had been a contributing factor to both the accidents.
"We now know that the recent Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 accidents were caused by a chain of events, with a common chain link being erroneous activation of the aircraft's MCAS function. We have the responsibility to eliminate this risk, and we know how to do it," the statement from Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg said.
He repeated that Boeing was making progress on updating the MCAS software and finalizing new training for Max pilots.