Mar 13, 2019

Pilots lodged at least 5 complaints about Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets

Boeing 737 MAX. Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

U.S. records indicate that pilots filed at least 5 different complaints in recent months, reporting trouble gaining control of Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets while in-flight, according to Politico.

Driving the news: Of the issues, the anti-stall system was referenced — which possibly provoked the crash in Indonesia in October — per a statement from a Federal Aviation Administration database in which pilots self-report matters of concern. In one documented case, a commercial pilot described the takeoff, and "within two to three seconds the aircraft pitched nose down," setting off the plane's alarm system, which sounded: "Don't sink, don't sink!" according to Politico. Authorities have not yet confirmed if that technology was also to blame for Sunday's crash in Ethiopia.

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