Jun 26, 2019

Report: FAA discovers new potential problem in Boeing 737 MAX

TUI Airways Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane grounded. Photo: NurPhoto / Contributor/Getty Images

The Federal Aviation Administration has uncovered a possible new risk in the Boeing 737 MAX after a series of simulator flights, sources familiar with the issue revealed to Reuters.

Details: In simulator tests for Boeing's latest software fix, government pilots realized that a microprocessor complication could result in the nose of the plane being thrust downward. It remains unknown whether this played a part in one or both of the 737 MAX crashes.

  • Sources indicated that Boeing engineers are trying to gauge if reprogramming the software would present a solution, or if it's necessary to restore the microprocessors on each 737 MAX aircraft, CNN reports.

Why it matters: This latest FAA discovery could delay the 737 MAX's return to flight service. The aircraft has been grounded since March after two crashes resulted in 346 fatalities. Early investigative reports indicate that a new stabilization system known as MCAS pushed the noses of both planes sharply toward the ground. Boeing has announced a software fix that might limit the negative impact of MCAS, per CNN.

  • An FAA spokesperson told CNN that its investigation "is designed to discover and highlight potential risks," and that they "recently found a potential risk that Boeing is required to mitigate."

What's next: Boeing isn't planning on another certification test flight until July 8 at the earliest, sources told Reuters.

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Sen. Kelly Loeffler liquidates stocks after uproar over coronavirus sell-off

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Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and her husband Jeffrey Sprecher are liquidating their stock portfolio and moving holdings into exchange traded funds (ETFs) after coming under fire for purchasing and selling roughly $1.4 million in stock just before the market crashed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Addressing his supporters via livestream after suspending his campaign, Bernie Sanders congratulated Joe Biden on his presumptive victory in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary while making clear that his fight for progressive ideas will not end with his candidacy.

What he's saying: "While this campaign is coming to an end, our movement is not. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us that 'the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.' The fight for justice is what our campaign has been about. The fight for justice is what our movement remains about."