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Boeing Acknowledges Flaw in 737 MAX Simulator Software

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Sun, 19 May 2019 18:16 GMT

Following the two serious plane crashes that left 346 people dead within six months, Being has come forward and acknowledged on Saturday, May 18th that it has now corrected flaws in its 737 MAX flight simulator software used to train pilots, AFP has reported.

"Boeing has made corrections to the 737 MAX simulator software and has provided additional information to device operators to ensure that the simulator experience is representative across different flight conditions," it said in a statement.

According to Boeing, the flight simulator software did not have the capability to reproduce certain flight conditions similar to those at the time of the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March or the Lion Air crash in October.

"Boeing is working closely with the device manufacturers and regulators on these changes and improvements, and to ensure that customer training is not disrupted," it added.

Boeing’s statement marked the first time the company admitted there was a design flaw in software linked to the 737 MAX, whose anti-stall software has been blamed in large part for the Ethiopian Airlines tragedy in March.

The 737 MAX was grounded round the world following the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 on board just five months after a similar crash of a Lion Air flight 737 MAX killed 189 people.

And on Thursday May 16th Boeing said it had finished a software update for its 737 MAX jets, and that it also was to submit a plan on pilot training to the US Federal Aviation Administration.

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