May 3, 2019

Report: Boeing test pilots "had no real input" in final development of MCAS system

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Boeing restricted the participation of its own aviation team in the final stages of developing the 737 MAX flight-controlled system, thought to be responsible for 2 fatal crashes, so much so that test pilots recall having “no real input” in the final design of the MCAS system, one person familiar with the details told the Wall Street Journal in a new report.

Details: While Boeing's process was historically collaborative and welcoming to test pilots' ideas, over time, an internal restructuring, started in 2009, reduced test pilots’ authority, sources told the Wall Street Journal.

  • Nearly halfway through the development of the 737 MAX series, one senior pilot cautioned a Boeing executive: “Something is going to get by, and it’s not going to be pretty."
  • The result was a failure to provide Boeing's experienced test pilots the necessary training on the full capabilities of the MCAS system at the center of the crash inquiries.

Why it matters: Just how unfamiliar test pilots were with the 737's new tech was previously unreported, perhaps leading investigators to up the intensity of their inspections into Boeing's practices.

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History's largest lockdown leaves Indian workers stranded, afraid

A migrant worker on the move with his child, in Gurugram, India. Photo: Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty

Few moments better capture the world into which we've slipped than the decision of one man to order 1.4 billion into lockdown.

Why it matters: India’s three-week lockdown is the largest ever attempted, and it sparked South Asia's greatest migration since partition in 1947. While the economic effects could be devastating, the public health crisis it's intended to fend off could be more destructive still.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 782,319 — Total deaths: 37,582 — Total recoveries: 164,565.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in confirmed cases. Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 161,807 — Total deaths: 2,953 — Total recoveries: 5,595.
  3. Federal government latest: The White House will extend its social distancing guidelines until April 30.
  4. State updates: Rural-state governors say testing is still inadequate, contradicting Trump — Virginia, Maryland and D.C. issue stay-at-home orders to residents, joining 28 other states.
  5. Business latest: Ford and General Electric aim to make 50,000 ventilators in 100 days.
  6. In photos: Navy hospital ship arrives in Manhattan.
  7. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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First U.S. service member dies from coronavirus

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The Pentagon on Monday announced the death of a member of the New Jersey National Guard who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: It's the first U.S. service member — active, reserve or Guard — to die from the virus, according to the Pentagon. The guardsman passed away on Saturday after being hospitalized for the novel coronavirus on March 21.