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.