After Lion Air crash, Boeing rebuffed pilots' call for software fix or 737 MAX grounding

Boeing 737 MAX airplanes at an airport
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American Airlines' pilots union pressed Boeing executives to fix the planes' anti-stall software or ground the 737 MAX after the fatal Lion Air crash in November 2018, but corporate leadership refused to listen — reports the New York Times.

Our thought bubble from Axios' Andrew Freedman: It's unusual to have pilots unions ask an aircraft manufacturer to correct a safety feature or possibly ground an aircraft in the first place. For them to be rebuffed on such a request is even more remarkable. This indicates a breakdown in trust between Boeing and the pilots flying its 737 MAX jets after the crash of the Lion Air plane in October and before the Ethiopian Airlines accident in March. Lawmakers and federal investigators are looking into what Boeing told pilots unions about the plane's anti-stall system known as MCAS, which is suspected to have contributed to both crashes.

Ivanka Trump honors Ethiopian Airlines crash victims in Addis Ababa

Ivanka Trump honors the Ethiopian Airlines crash victims.
Ivanka Trump honors Ethiopian Airlines crash victims, April 15. Photo: Ivanka Trump/Twitter

White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump honored victims of the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash during a visit to Addis Ababa Monday.

Details: President Trump's eldest daughter laid a wreath during a visit to Holy Trinity Cathedral in memory of the 157 people killed in the Boeing 737 Max jet that crashed soon after takeoff in March. She's in Ethiopia to promote the Trump administration's Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, which aims to advance women’s economic empowerment globally.