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A fix for Boeing

Questions multiply about flight testing for the B737 MAX-8, MCAS software refinements, whistle-blowers and passenger confidence

Boeing 737 Max 8

There is no doubt the original B737 is a workhorse that is absolutely safe. It has proven itself. The problem is with the cosmetic and commercial extensions on the MAX-8 that have stretched things beyond the design's capability

Vijay Verghese New Delhi
Boeing says it has a fix for the B737 MAX8 jet that is currently grounded worldwide. This relates to a software fix for the MCAS (manoeuvring characteristics augmentation system), which is believed to have sent two planes into a fatal nosedive. This should be good news for travellers. Is it?

Airlines that are haemorrhaging money with aircraft idling on the ground — and shall have to spend yet more money on advertising and PR to reassure passengers their planes are safe — would be glad to get their birds in the air but not without solid evidence that the patch will
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First Published: May 30 2019 | 9:52 PM IST

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